Archive for Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Kansas Coalition for Life wants special legislative session to consider more restrictions on abortion

July 5, 2011


— Anti-abortion advocates won unprecedented restrictions on abortion this past legislative session, but they want more.

The Kansas Coalition for Life on Tuesday announced a petition drive to urge Gov. Sam Brownback to call a special session of the Legislature to approve a bill that would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detectable, which can be as early as seven weeks.

Mark Gietzen, chairman of the Kansas Coalition for Life, said the proposal would ban 85 percent of abortions in the state.

Gietzen is working to get petitions with at least 15,000 signatures on Brownback’s desk. “As soon as the people of Kansas show our lawmakers that we want Heartbeat Legislation passed, there is no doubt in my mind that the current Legislature will do it … especially since 2012 is an election year for both the House and the Senate,” Gietzen said.

He noted that legislators and Brownback during the session that ended in May approved several major abortion bills that are now law.

This includes stricter regulations on clinics that provide abortions. The regulations have been put on hold by a federal judge. The Legislature and Brownback also approved bills that restrict private health insurance for most abortions, require doctors to obtain written consent from parents before terminating minors’ pregnancies, tighten restrictions on abortions after 21 weeks of pregnancy based on the medically disputed claim that fetuses can feel pain, and block federal family planning funds to Planned Parenthood clinics.

“We must forge ahead with the momentum gained and continue to attack,” Gietzen said.

No state has passed such “heartbeat” legislation, although the Ohio House of Representatives has approved it.


Jan Rolls 6 years, 9 months ago

Why don't you people just mind your own business. You have no right to tell others what to do in their personal lives.

ksjayhawk74 6 years, 9 months ago

If you don't like abortion, don't have one.

TheStonesSuck 6 years, 9 months ago

If you don't like abortion, move to Kansas, lol. We be reel backwater thru these parts.

deec 6 years, 9 months ago

I'd guess this post is sarcasm, but..oh well. "Girls" are female children. If female children are pregnant, then statutory rape has occurred. Adult women are not "girls."

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 9 months ago

Umm if someone is impregnating "girls" then they need to be arrested for sex with a minor and child sexual abuse.

Phillbert 6 years, 9 months ago

And according to these activists and their Republican allies in the Legislature, those girls need to be forced to have the abusers' children.

BigDog 6 years, 9 months ago

Without getting into the abortion debate ..... I would like to know how the hell do they think a special session should be paid for ..... with legislators, staff and everything else, it costs $40-$50,000 a day.

I am not a abortion supporter but I think it should be rare that the state calls a special session ... and then it should be because of a crisis situation. Not something that could be proposed the next legislative session.

Katara 6 years, 9 months ago

I think, regardless of your stance on the abortion issue, most could agree that a special session is an unnecessary expense at this time.

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 9 months ago

Every day, I wake up and wonder what more bizarre st will be coming out of the Kansas State house. It's unsettling and surreal to be living in this state right now. I want to be like Dorothy and wake up with Toto in my arms, finding out that it was all a bad dream. I want life to be normal again. I hate feeling like I'm living in an Orwell novel.

verity 6 years, 9 months ago

Cait, you poet, you. You have put it brilliantly.

Glenn Reed 6 years, 9 months ago

KCFL's petition here is just a plea for attention. LJworld posting the article simply provides one more platform to rehash the abortion shouting match.

Nothing will come of it.

Until the next normal legislative session starts, anyway...

mloburgio 6 years, 9 months ago

77% of the leadership of the prolife groups are men, 100% of them will never get pregnant.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 9 months ago

"“We must forge ahead with the momentum gained and continue to attack,” Gietzen said."

"Attack." At least they acknowledge that this is indeed an attack on women's rights.

Maggotpunk 6 years, 9 months ago

Gietzen need to pay his over $5,000 in back taxes before he orders the government to waste more money.

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