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Advocates rally to protest cuts to Kansas budget that hurt Planned Parenthood

Abortion rights advocates deliver petitions to Gov. Parkinson’s office

Holly Weatherford, program director for the ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri, helps deliver petitions asking that Gov. Mark Parkinson veto a provision in the state budget bill that would divert federal family planning funds from Planned Parenthood. Abortion rights advocates held a short rally in the Capitol on Wednesday.

Holly Weatherford, program director for the ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri, helps deliver petitions asking that Gov. Mark Parkinson veto a provision in the state budget bill that would divert federal family planning funds from Planned Parenthood. Abortion rights advocates held a short rally in the Capitol on Wednesday.

May 19, 2010, 8:21 a.m. Updated May 19, 2010, 6:21 p.m.

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Stack of petitions opposed to provision aimed at stopping federal family planning funds from going to Planned Parenthood.

Stack of petitions opposed to provision aimed at stopping federal family planning funds from going to Planned Parenthood.

— About a dozen abortion rights advocates Wednesday delivered petitions to Gov. Mark Parkinson, urging him to veto a provision in the state budget that would take federal family planning funds away from Planned Parenthood.

“I don’t want women’s bodies to be political playgrounds,” said Sarah Gillooly, lobbyist and public affairs manager for Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri.

Those who oppose abortion placed in the budget an amendment that says the state must allocate $2.4 million in federal family planning funds to local health departments, hospitals and safety net clinics.

The provision would divert approximately $230,000 away from Planned Parenthood clinics in Hays and Wichita.

Parkinson vetoed a similar provision last year, and abortion rights groups are asking him to do it again.

But those who support the amendment include Kansans for Life. Jeanne Gawdun, spokeswoman for that group, said of Planned Parenthood, “It is a morally unacceptable organization to have our tax dollars going to.”

Planned Parenthood has argued that under the law none of the federal funds can go toward abortions.

Gillooly said the federal funding pays for about 42,000 health care visits by women in Kansas each year, and that if Planned Parenthood doesn’t receive those funds many low-income Kansas women will not get proper health care. She said the Planned Parenthood clinic in Hays could close if Parkinson doesn’t veto the provision.

She said her group had approximately 1,000 signatures on petitions for Parkinson, who supports abortion rights. Parkinson’s office declined to speculate on whether he would veto the provision.

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Amy Heeter 3 years, 11 months ago

Planned Parenthood should focus on family planning and stay out of the abortion market.

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Esq2eB 3 years, 11 months ago

I have a question to the people who are pro-abortion and feel the government should keep the laws they pass, off their/or womens bodies?

Did you support Obama's healthcare bill? If so, how can you justify your opposing stance on laws dealing with people's bodies, health, and well-being?

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aa469285 3 years, 11 months ago

Amazing. Tell me how many people (or animals for that matter) are walking around right now alive without a beating heart (naturally now, no cheating with artificial hearts, pacemakers, etc)?

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Cait McKnelly 3 years, 11 months ago

And by the way, a beating heart =/= life. See above.

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aa469285 3 years, 11 months ago

re: cait48 "I also want to know how/why you feel a beating heart is synonymous with "life". "

beating heart = life
no beating heart = no life

How can you be arguing this?

Are you sure you read those anatomy and physiology books? Pretty sure those things would be on page 1.

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Glenn Reed 3 years, 11 months ago

Why is it that every discussion on contraception methods or services always degenerates into the "pro-life/pro-choice" argument?

Info from a simple glance at their website would suggest that abortion is only a small part of what Planned Parenthood does. The other activities they engage in, contraceptive services and eduction, seem to reduce the need for abortion. Which tends to reduce the rationale behind having the "pro-life/pro-choice" argument. Yeah, I know, this has already been pointed out by some folks...

I get why some folks would have an issue with abortion. Since it is prohibited to spend federal funds on abortions, though, the only reason that providing federal funding to Planned Parenthood might be morally questionable is if ALL forms of contraception is immoral.

Before you praise this action as a good "moral" decision, ask yourself the following questions:

Is the use of condoms an immoral act? Is using birth control pills an immoral act? Is choosing surgical sterilization an immoral act? Is educating people about STD's an immoral act?

If you said "no" to any of those, but still have an issue with Planned Parenthood, then I suggest you rethink your position.

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BigPrune 3 years, 11 months ago

Planned Parenthood is false advertising in their name. It should be Planned Non-Parenthood. Someone should sue them to correct their misleading name thus false advertising.

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rtwngr 3 years, 11 months ago

Unlike Merrill, I am not going to cut and paste a bunch of links that you probably would discount as propaganda, in order to bolster my argument but PP is disingenuous with its overall intentions. Time and time again people that have fled that organization have stated that the only "planning" that takes place is how to increase their abortion business because that is the cash cow. All of this "women's healthcare" garbage is not about helping anybody but themselves to our wallets.

Leroy Carhartt, the Nebraska abortionist, testified one time about feeling the heartbeat in his hand before inserting the suction tube at the base of the infant's neck before extracting the contents of its skull to complete the partial birth abortion. This heartbeat started somewhere around the second or third week of the pregnancy. Humans are dismembered, in the womb, daily in Planned Parenthood clinics all across our country. Has it occurred to any of you that support abortion, that if the autonomic nervous system is operational, and a heart is beating, the ability to feel pain also exists? Do you know how an abortion is performed?

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Tex 3 years, 11 months ago

Ivalueamerica said: "Yes, Margaret Sanger, about 75 years ago wrote something racist and vile as part of her opinion about abortion. That has nothing to do do with Planned Parenthood and you know it. Quit acting the fool and stick with the facts, man or you just come across as stupid."

Since you mentioned sticking with the facts, I had read so much about Margaret Sanger that I finally decided to go to the source. You should try reading "The Pivot of Civilization." The KU library has it, or you may be able to download it. Though she may have had some twisted sort of noble intentions, she was a eugenicist, simple and plain. Her views regarding what she believed to be the social importance of eliminating the "unfit" via artificial birth control and sterilization were apparently not uncommon among the "intelligentsia" of her day, and in our times they are carried on by people like Peter Singer, and, disturbingly enough, Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg: (from an interview with the NY Times last year) Q: Are you talking about the distances women have to travel because in parts of the country, abortion is essentially unavailable, because there are so few doctors and clinics that do the procedure? And also, the lack of Medicaid for abortions for poor women?

JUSTICE GINSBURG: Yes, the ruling about that surprised me. [Harris v. McRae—in 1980 the court upheld the Hyde Amendment, which forbids the use of Medicaid for abortions.] Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don't want to have too many of. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion...."

If you support Justice Ginsburg's opinion, I'd be vigilant for the day when you or one of your loved ones may fall into the class of "populations that we don't want to have too many of."

Interestingly enough, Sanger was apparently not an advocate of abortion on demand. For those who claim that PP has disavowed Sanger's views, please explain why the annual award PP bestows is called the Margaret Sanger Award (Hillary Clinton was a recent recipient).

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Brent Garner 3 years, 11 months ago

We are out of money. Something has to give.

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denak 3 years, 11 months ago

We are in a budget crisis in this state. There are all kinds of agencies getting cuts to their programs. Planned Parenthood is not exempt from these cuts either.

Why should one organization/ one program get 230,000 dollars when that money can be divided up between numerous organizations ( ie hospitals, health departments and safety net clinics) that will serve the population over a much wider area.

The money should go where it does the most good. And if that means that Planned Parenthood loses 230,000 dollars but a bunch of rural health departments/clinics get it, then that it where it should go.

Dena

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deec 3 years, 11 months ago

Maybe all the males opposed to abortion should get vasectomies. That should take care of a whole bunch of potential abortions right there. Don't like abortion? Don't cause the need for one.

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yourworstnightmare 3 years, 11 months ago

"my disagreement, my tax dollars."

Uh, this is a terrible argument. Many in the USA disagree with how the government spends money, including for things such as funding war, for medicare, for corporate welfare, for welfare, for giving churches tax exemption.

Sorry, Z, but aside from the voting booth, you do not get to decide how your tax dollars are spent. I am amazed you need to be reminded of this.

If you do not want taxes spent on PP, then you should vote accordingly (as I am sure you already do).

But to say you don't want "your" tax money spent on this or that is just silly.

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 11 months ago

Actually abortion numbers are falling so I read.

Neither Kansans for Life, Jeanne Gawdun,the church,law enforcement nor Planned Parenthood can stop incest and/or rape.

However education and birth control can play a role in the prevention aspect of pregnancy under otherwise "normal" situations.

The focus on pregnancy should be equally directed at males and females. Too bad society seems to lean on the women.

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Zachary Stoltenberg 3 years, 11 months ago

As I stated, this particular institution has been unable to provide records differentiating their use of state and federal funds for education vs. abortion. As was stated by prior posters, they "shift" funds to many accounts. I don't have a problem with education for family planning but this particular organization is deeply faulted. Your reply is typical of the liberal left. After all, no one want's to hurt babies, but they also like to stand up for what they believe is right. For example, I believe it's a good thing to support your church. Does that mean I'm sending checks to the Phelps clan? Heck NO! Does that mean my church is anything like that? Of course not! Your statement is one no one would argue against, however, it doesn't correlate to the situation. Because I believe abortion is wrong I chose not to support organizations that condone it or facilitate it. If you accept federal funds then (by law) you cannot use it to fund abortions.

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Zachary Stoltenberg 3 years, 11 months ago

I saw a PP bumper sticker that read "my body my choice"... OK, I can accept that. As long as they can accept" my disagreement, my tax dollars." Federal funds have no place on either side of the abortion argument, for or against. Offer whatever services you can live with but don't force someone to agree/disagree with you. I don't have a problem funding the educative side of things but PP has been unable to differentiate their use of funds. If you want an abortion and believe it's your "right" then you pay for it. I believe it's "wrong" and don't want my money used to allow this continued abomination.

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 11 months ago

Without sperm there is no pregnancy. So where does sperm come from?

If Kansans for Life and Jeanne Gawdun were sincere about reducing abortions they would get out of the way and allow birth control plus education go to work.

From Planned Parenthood:

Birth control allows us to prevent pregnancy and plan the timing of pregnancy:

Choices: * My Method * Birth Control Effectiveness Chart * ABSTINENCE * Birth Control Implant (Implanon) * Birth Control Patch (Ortho Evra) * Birth Control Pill * Birth Control Vaginal Ring (NuvaRing) * Birth Control Shot (Depo-Provera) * Birth Control Sponge (Today Sponge) * Breastfeeding * Cervical Cap (FemCap) * Condom * Diaphragm * Emergency Contraception (Morning After Pill) * Female Condom * Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FAMs) * IUD * Outercourse * Spermicide * Sterilization for Women * Vasectomy * Withdrawal (Pull Out Method)

People have used birth control methods for thousands of years. Today, we have many safe and effective birth control methods available to us.

All of us who need birth control want to find the method that is best for us. And each of us has different needs when choosing a method. If you are trying to choose, learning about each method may help you make your decision. Use the list of birth control methods above to read about the methods.

Only you can decide what is best for you. And we are here to help. A staff member at your local Planned Parenthood health center can discuss all of your birth control options with you and help you get the birth control you need.

http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/birth-control-4211.htm

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mr_right_wing 3 years, 11 months ago

Planned anti-Parenthood was founded by a racist and was a racist organization originally and has a proven ongoing policy of protecting incest, rapists, and child molesters. Even though medial and educational institutions are legally required to report any such activity. Absolutely none of our tax dollars should go to these creeps for any reason. Get your family planning somewhere where they at least have some shred of respect for human life.

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BigDog 3 years, 11 months ago

Just as the article says ..... the funding will still go to family planning .... instead of Planned Parenthood it would just go to hospitals, health departments and safety net clinics.

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Ray Parker 3 years, 11 months ago

Planned Parenthood is a criminal, racist organization profiting hugely from their filthy, unsafe abortion mills that target minority populations for elimination. Cut all taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood. Family planning services are available at decent, legitimate businesses instead.

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yourworstnightmare 3 years, 11 months ago

Agreed. Donate to PPH early and often. Donations are tax-deductible.

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Paul R Getto 3 years, 11 months ago

YWN: Thanks, (I guess.) The Gnome seems to be on the same track as the others who don't want abortion (who does?) but somehow thinks helping people not get pregnant in the first place has nothing to do with the issue. If the unborn are ever legally declared full human beings, it will get interesting. In the meantime, the answer to nearly everything is more education and understanding. Let us hope PPH gets the money.

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toe 3 years, 11 months ago

When population begins to decline, it will be time to support Planned Parenthood.

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bearded_gnome 3 years, 11 months ago

used to think Paul was one of the semireasonable liberals around here.
not no more.


hope the cut stands: Planned Parenthood moves funds around all the time. give them money for one account, there is more in other accounts, as in funding abortion.

overwhelmingly abortions are actually birth control abortions, only about 5% are the much bannered rape incest or life of the mother. these are roclaimed to maintain abortions on demand, and often even in the third trimester.

abortion kills babies.
Scott Peterson was charged with the killing of his wife, and his unborn baby.

it is simple: we believe that the weakest and least able to represent themselves should be protected.

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madameX 3 years, 11 months ago

Well, why should the state allocate $232k to planned parenthood to help prevent unwanted pregnancies when for the low, low price of $15 to $30k they can have Bristol Palin show up and say "Babies are work, yo! Be careful like I wasn't!" Clearly, the latter is much more fiscally responsible than the former!

Sorry, I'm not usually this snarky, and I used to be in the "leave bristol alone, she's just a dumb kid" club, but IMO she's old enough to have more common sense that this and if she's going to put herself out there like that all bets are off.

I welcome all attacks from the pro-Palin posters. You know who you are.

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redfred 3 years, 11 months ago

We need more children in the welfare system. Definetly do away with Planned Parenthood.

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Paul R Getto 3 years, 11 months ago

Heaven forbid we encourage family planning. That might reduce the need for abortion. Without abortion as their lightning rod, where would the guns, gods and gays party be?

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