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KU Medical Center concerned that anti-abortion bill could jeopardize accreditation

March 7, 2012


— The impact that a proposed anti-abortion bill would have on the Kansas University Medical Center has become a key issue.

State Rep. Sean Gatewood, D-Topeka, who opposes the bill, said Wednesday that if the measure was enacted into law, the KU Medical Center would lose accreditation for its Obstetrics/Gynecology program.

"It would cause them to not be able to train OBGYNs anymore," Gatewood said.

House Bill 2598, called the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, is currently before the House Federal and State Affairs Committee.

Abortion opponents are urging passage of the bill, which makes numerous changes to state law restricting abortions.

One provision of the bill states: "no health care services provided by any state agency, or any employee of a state agency while acting within the scope of such employee's employment, shall include abortion."

That could cause problems for KU Medical Center's residents, who are considered state employees, and accreditation of its OBGYN program.

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education said it doesn't comment for or against pending legislation on abortion, but in a statement the group presented its policy on accreditation.

"No program or resident with a religious or moral objection shall be required to provide training in or to perform induced abortions. Otherwise, access to experience with induced abortion must be part of residency education," the group stated.

Federal and State Affairs Committee Steve Brunk, R-Wichita, said the KU Medical Center issue has been discussed by committee members. He said part of the problem was that KU officials raised the issue after the public hearing on the bill was closed.

KU has offered an amendment that would exempt medical residents employed by the KU Medical Center from the prohibition who are being trained "in relevant procedures for such purposes in facilities that are not owned and operated by any agency or authority of the state of Kansas."

Brunk said he would not offer the amendment, but said any other committee member could. And, he said, if the bill were approved in committee and the House without the amendment, it could be changed while in the Senate. He said the committee will vote on the bill Thursday.

KU Medical Center issued a statement, saying that it was trying to work with legislators "in an effort to avoid any unintended consequences that could threaten the University of Kansas School of Medicine's accreditation."

The statement added: "Abortions are not performed at the University of Kansas Hospital, which is the primary site of residency training for residents at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. Accreditation requirements for Obsetrics/Gynecology residencies, however, require that residents gain experience with induced abortion and complications due to abortion, unless they have a religious or moral objection. Consequently, residents in Ob/Gyn acquire necessary experience in abortion procedures elsewhere in facilities that are not owned or operated by the state of Kansas."

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, who was at the Capitol to talk with legislators about KU funding on Wednesday, declined to comment on the controversy.


grimpeur 6 years, 1 month ago

Good grief. The bill's supporters don't care about accreditation, or about the proper training of medical professionals, or about access to health care, so pointing out the backwards, anti-women nature of the bill is silly.

The fact is that none of the supporters of this bill care about any of that--they just want to keep the wimmins under control.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 1 month ago

+1 Might be time for the wives to go Greek on the legislators: "Lysistrata persuades the women of Greece to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands and lovers as a means of forcing the men to negotiate peace —"

somedude20 6 years, 1 month ago

Who needs some stupid thing like accreditation when you have Jesus, God, a lamb and some virgin who gave birth, looking out for you! Take your creds and shove them in your holy spirt...I have God, baby

So, is a miscarriage an abortion carried out by God? We need some laws against that!

ksjayhawk74 6 years, 1 month ago

Besides being a avid abortionist, God is also a serial killer. I'm still trying to press charges against God for taking my cat from me almost a year ago, my cat was only 19 actual years old.

yourworstnightmare 6 years, 1 month ago

Does it surprise anyone that A) they didn't realize this consequence of the bill, or B) that if they knew they did not care?

These are ideologues, folks. All must burn in the wake of the ideologue.

JayhawkFan1985 6 years, 1 month ago

Has anyone on the committee even read THIS bill?

Kirk Larson 6 years, 1 month ago

Sometimes, unfortunately, even tragically, abortions are medically necessary. Say the mother has natal diabetes and the fetus dies, or she has cancer and needs chemotherapy or she will die before the fetus comes to term, or any of a number of reasons beyond the obvious (it's the woman's body and ultimately she chooses!). Do these ...people...really think their doctor should be unqualified to perform a necessary, and completely legal, medical procedure? Well, I guess since it's only a woman dying it's not such a big deal. /rueful disgust off.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 1 month ago

Women are chattel; they need to get used to that in this new regime.

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 1 month ago

Sorry, bigtoe. A lot more people noticed than you think and we do, indeed, give a ">"@3$p".

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 1 month ago

I find it highly ironic that so much attention was given to KU Med's accreditation by the NCI when it was that very body that proved the fallacy of the "breast cancer/abortion link", a lie that the state legislature is attempting to codify in it's anti-abortion legislation.

Michael LoBurgio 6 years, 1 month ago

Kansas Abortion Bill Could Raise Taxes On Women Seeking Procedure

The sweeping anti-abortion bill working its way through the Kansas Legislature would levy a sales tax on women seeking abortions, including rape victims.

Buried in the 69-page bill being considered by the House Federal and State Affairs Committee are several provisions, in fact, that opponents say would increase taxes on those who seek abortions.

The tax sections do not include exemptions for women who want an abortion after a sexual assault or to end a life-threatening pregnancy.

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 1 month ago

"Oh, you want to save your life? You want to keep your baby from suffering? Fine, but just soze ya know, you'll have to pay extra money to the state for doing that. After all, we have a dog in this hunt."

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 1 month ago

By the way, "Kansans for Life" (what a misnomer) was actually given floor time in the Kansas Legislature to do a "call for action" opposing the KU Med amendment to HB2598. They say that ob-gyn residents don't need to learn abortion procedures. Yeah, they don't need to learn how to save the life of a woman with an abruptio placenta or an ectopic pregnancy. Just let 'em die. Oh and let's screw KU Med's accreditation with ACOG while we're at it. The willful ignorance and blind obedience to (they're) religion of these people knows no bounds.

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 1 month ago

I would really like to know when legislators became physicians and could dictate policy to medical schools?

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