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Anti-abortion group opposes KU Medical Center efforts to change bill

March 9, 2012

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— An influential anti-abortion group on Friday urged Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas Legislature to reject an attempt by the Kansas University Medical Center to change an anti-abortion bill.

"Time to end University of Kansas abortion training," said a call to action by Kansans for Life.

House Bill 2598, called the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, would make numerous changes to state law sought by anti-abortion advocates. The House Federal and State Affairs Committee will probably vote on the measure next week.

One of the provisions 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."

KU Medical Center's residents are considered state employees. KU officials say accreditation requirements for obsetrics/gynecology residencies require that residents gain experience with induced abortion and complications due to abortion, unless they have a religious or moral objection. Abortions aren't performed at the medical center or any facilities operated by the school. Students get that training elsewhere.

But Kathy Ostrowski, of Kansans for Life, disagreed with KU's assessment. She said, "There is no professional reason that ob/gyn resident physicians have to learn how to destroy unborn children in order to achieve competency in pregnancy management, stillbirth evacuation or treating abortion complications."

She urged people to contact Brownback and legislators "to stop abortion training by KU!"

Officials at the KU Medical Center declined to comment on Kansans for Life's statements.

Comments

kansanjayhawk 2 years, 1 month ago

Well--the problem with the above comment is this--the "minority" is actually a "majority" of the people of Kansas as represented by their elected representatives in the Legislature and the elected governor of Kansas! So it is not really "small" and secondly the bill provides for the hard cases and makes exceptions! Third name-calling "taliban" really makes you lose any support for any of your arguments and just comes across as mean-spirited!

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JayhawkFan1985 2 years, 1 month ago

So Jeremiah why should a small out of touch minority be able to inflict their extreme religious views on the rest of us? If you are morally opposed to abortion then don't have one. Personally, I wish there will not be any more abortions, but that is not practical given 1) tubal pregnancies, and 2) victims of rape and incest and now are also trying to ban birth control which wheused properly reduces the number of unwanted pregnancies. I find it morally objectionable that the very politicians that have declared war on women (GOP Taliban) also oppose funding for social services like aid to families with dependent children and WIC and Medicaid and education. I also object to the notion that kansas legislators who have nearly the lowest level of education as a group compared with the other states are making decisions about curricula at universities or that someone paying to receive a medical education should have to take a class elsewhere to finish that training just to learn a legal medical procedure. The GOP Taliban are hypocrites. I pray their party crumbles both nationally and in KS.

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jeremiah23 2 years, 1 month ago

Political rhetoric aside, the entire Medical Center will not lose accreditation if one program loses accreditation. The OB/GYN residency program would not lose accreditation if this bill passes because the accreditation requirements allow for a legal exception. Doctors who wish to learn to perform abortions hands-on can do so at a different location; many have a moral objection to the procedures and do not care to ever peform them. They can learn to handle complications from botched abortions or simply routine complications in their normal residency program without actually performing an abortion.

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Cait McKnelly 2 years, 1 month ago

Kansas is considering the same legislation, word for word, that other states; Arizona, Mississippi, Georgia, Virginia, South Dakota, Ohio, Texas and many others, have in their state houses. Ever wonder where it comes from? http://www.aul.org/ Americans United for Life. This little beauty is the "pro-life" (/spit) arm of ALEC. Their legal department is pushing out the exact same "cookie cutter" style legislation that ALEC is doing and they are an integral part of every ALEC "resort get-away" that our legislators attend. How does it feel to have our entire country pushed around like a mass of cattle and controlled by a few?

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Michael LoBurgio 2 years, 1 month ago

Kansas Republicans look to profit off abortion taxes

Lawmakers in Kansas will consider next week a sweeping anti-abortion bill that would, among other things, levy sales taxes on any and all abortion procedures, related healthcare expenses and any company that might do business with an abortion provider — a proposal that could bring millions into state coffers, or just force clinics to shut down

Massive in scope, H.B. 2598 includes provisions being considered in other states as well, like offering doctors immunity from malpractice lawsuits if they do not inform expectant mothers of prenatal health problems that could lead to an abortion; a removal of important tax credits provided to most healthcare institutions; requiring doctors to lie to patients by claiming that abortions may cause breast cancer; forcing women to hear the heartbeat of their fetus before an abortion; and even prohibiting state employees from contributing to the teaching of basic sexual health facts.

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/38Asbl/www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/03/09/kansas-republicans-look-to-profit-off-abortion-taxes/

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JayhawkFan1985 2 years, 1 month ago

Is kansans for life affiliated with the Taliban? They certainly seem to believe in sharia law. They definitely employ the same tactics as terrorists by bombing medical offices and murdering medical professionals.

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Slowponder 2 years, 1 month ago

As written in the Washington Post today, if abortion was biologically relevant for men , abortion would be a sacrament.

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Crazy_Larry 2 years, 1 month ago

"Yellow journalism, or the yellow press, is a type of journalism that presents little or no legitimate well-researched news and instead uses eye-catching headlines to sell more newspapers. Techniques may include exaggerations of news events, scandal-mongering, or sensationalism. By extension, the term yellow journalism is used today as a pejorative to decry any journalism that treats news in an unprofessional or unethical fashion."

Internet access is what's contributing to subscription cancellations. (insert derogatory name calling here). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJ2stV...

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BornAgainAmerican 2 years, 1 month ago

Is Scott Rothschild and his brand of yellow journalism a contributing factor to the rising rate of LJWorld newspaper subscription cancellations? Probably.

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ebyrdstarr 2 years, 1 month ago

I'm reading this proposed statute and I see no exception to the "no abortions by state employees or state agencies" for a medical emergency threatening the life of the mother.

So does this mean that women in the KC metro area should not go to the #1 ranked hospital in our area if they are pregnant and hemorrhaging or suffering some other life-threatening complication? Anyone who supports that does not deserve the label pro-life. Because a woman who is dealing with a catastrophic pregnancy failure should not have to take the time to research what hospital will actually treat her.

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Crazy_Larry 2 years, 1 month ago

Religion should not influence laws that affect everyone including the nonreligious. We don't live in Saudi Arabia! Don't force your fairy tale driven beliefs upon the rest of us. It's very simple concept, really....You're against abortion? Don't have one.

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Crazy_Larry 2 years, 1 month ago

"KU officials say accreditation requirements for obsetrics/gynecology residencies require that residents gain experience with induced abortion and complications due to abortion, unless they have a religious or moral objection." There's your out, religious nut-jobs. If you're in medical school, noone will force you to learn about abortion and you will not become an OBGYN. It's your choice. Your religious preference should hold no sway over the future of doctors. Since when do the wants of religious whack-jobs take precedence over medical school accreditation? The lunacy has crossed the line and must be stopped by any means necessary.

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blindrabbit 2 years, 1 month ago

Scott and observant: The name of the group is the Kansas Repressionistic Party.

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asixbury 2 years, 1 month ago

Does Kathy not care that KU Med would lose it's accredidation if this bill is not changed to exempt them? KU Med is one of the best medical schools in the nation; this would be a ginormous blow to the university.

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Cait McKnelly 2 years, 1 month ago

"Kansans for Life" is a misnomer. Kind of like how "crisis pregnancy center" is a misnomer. They say that ob-gyn residents "don't need to learn how to do abortions". Yeah, let's not teach them how to save the lives of women with abruptio placenta or ectopic pregnancies. Let'em die. Oh and screw their accreditation with ACOG. They don't need it. I REALLY want to know when legislators and religious right wing nutcases became physicians and could dictate policy to a medical school. Seriously, the longer I live the more surreal the world becomes.

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BrooksideJayhawk 2 years, 1 month ago

Mercy, give it a rest.

From the AP Stylebook: "Use anti-abortion instead of pro-life and abortion rights instead of pro-abortion or pro-choice."

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observant 2 years, 1 month ago

Scott, A group of anti-abortion nutcases is the correct name for this group.

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Mercy 2 years, 1 month ago

Scott,

"A Pro-Life Group opposes KU Medical Center efforts to change bill"

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