Archive for Friday, March 16, 2012

House approves measure aimed at KU Medical Center, abortions

March 16, 2012


— Anti-abortion legislators on Friday criticized the Kansas University Medical Center and pushed through a proposal that some said could jeopardize its accreditation.

State Rep. Joe Patton, R-Topeka, said he believed KU Medical Center officials want to use taxpayer funds to perform abortions. "I don't think they should be doing that," Patton said.

Near the end of a more than 6-hour debate on a state appropriations bill, Patton proposed an amendment that would prohibit any state employee acting within the scope of his or her employment from performing an abortion, with the exception being to save the life of the pregnant woman.

But several legislators said Patton's amendment could cost the school accreditation of its obstetrics-gynecology program. Medical residents are considered state employees and receive OB-GYN training in abortion related procedures, unless they opt out for religious or moral reasons.

State Rep. Kathy Wolfe Moore, D-Kansas City, Kan. said she was "pro-life," but could not vote for Patton's proposal. "We cannot risk taking a bad vote. I absolutely refuse to put the accreditation at KU Medical Center and OB-GYN at risk," she said.

KU Medical Center issued a statement that said residents are trained in abortion procedures through a contract with the University of Colorado School of Medicine. "The University of Kansas, in fulfilling both the letter and spirit of the law, has not allowed residents to receive this required training in state-owned facilities," the statement said.

And the statement noted that abortions are not performed at KU Hospital, which is the primary site of residency training for residents at KU Medical Center.

State Rep. Sydney Carlin, D-Manhattan, said training for OB-GYN must include abortion related procedures.

"If we don't have people trained, then they cannot perform life-saving measures," she said.

Patton's amendment, however, was approved by the House on a voice vote. KU Medical Center's statement said officials would continue to work with legislators to avoid unintended consequences that could threaten the school of medicine's accreditation.

The debate occurred just one day after the House Federal and State Affairs Committee approved a wide-ranging anti-abortion bill that included a provision sought by KU Medical Center.

That provision exempted KU Medical Center for one year from the bill, which is called the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. Supporters of the KU provision said it addressed KU Medical Center's concerns about accreditation, and gave legislators more time to study the issue.

But on Friday before the full House, Patton, who is vice chair of that committee, said he wasn't satisfied.

He said KU claimed it needed the exemption to keep its accreditation. But he said he didn't believe that was true.

That position is backed by the influential anti-abortion group Kansans for Life.

“Expert medical advisers say the act of ending the lives of unborn children does not need to be performed, or watched, in order to learn how to evacuate the uterus, and to learn how to manage pregnancy and abortion complications,” said Mary Kay Culp, executive director of Kansans for Life.

But the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education says that residency programs for OB-GYN “must have an established curriculum for family planning, including complications of abortions and provisions for the opportunity for direct procedural training in terminations of pregnancy for those residents who desire it.” There is an “opt out” provision for those who have religious or moral objections to performing abortions.

Patton said he had a lot of questions about the issue, but KU officials refused to testify publicly before the committee.

Earlier Friday, Senate leaders were cool to the bill that came out of the Federal and State Committee.

In addition to the tax issues related to abortion, the bill would require physicians inform women seeking abortion of an unproven assertion: that there is a risk of breast cancer from the procedure.

Another part of the bill would eliminate a civil cause of action for wrongful life or wrongful death, which abortion rights advocates say could allow physicians to conceal from the pregnant woman information about abnormalities in the fetus.


parrothead8 6 years, 2 months ago

"He said KU claimed it needed the exemption to keep its accreditation. But he said he didn't believe that was true."

So Patton is an expert on accreditation? What is wrong with this guy?

Jonathan Fox 6 years, 2 months ago

"Patton said he had a lot of questions about the issue, but KU officials refused to testify publicly before the committee."

verity 6 years, 2 months ago

actio et reactio

The pendulum swings and then it swings back. Unfortunately the pendulum swing seems to keep getting wider. For those of you who are pleased with this nonsense, do you realize that the next swing may be to the extreme left?

Michael LoBurgio 6 years, 2 months ago

Recall Brownback, State Rep. Joe Patton, R-Topeka and the rest of the teapublicans before it's too late!

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 2 months ago

I keep asking the same question and not getting an answer. How is lying to women "protecting" them? Any of the anti-abortionists on the board want to take a shot? Mercy? Kansanjayhawk?

Janis Pool 6 years, 2 months ago

I read the bill. Did you know someone can be sued in civil court for up to three times the cost of even the "life saving for the mother" abortion.
And no one is allowed to educate on contraception Come on Senate be strong!!

Mike Wasikowski 6 years, 2 months ago

I'm sure that these representatives would be willing to let people get a driver's license without proving they can safely operate a motor vehicle on a live roadway? After all, a written test covering the concepts used while driving should suffice.

verity 6 years, 2 months ago

This isn't about abortion. It's not even about women's health and birth control. This is about putting women in their place. These filthy men (yes, I said it) are getting off on degrading women and regaining their power and control.

Outlawing abortion is not going to stop it---does anybody really think so?

Women have always managed to get abortions and they will continue to do so. Some of you talk about safety. If you really cared about safety, you would promote birth control, sex education and access to health screenings for women. Things that would really promote safety and less abortions.

Women will always manage to get abortions and more will die---from that or from carrying out dangerous pregnancies. But I suppose according to some of you they will deserve it.

The ones with who can come by enough money will travel to where they can get legal and safe abortions. The others---

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 2 months ago

Mitt Romney's wife had a "preterm induced delivery" and the "baby died". This is a euphemistic way of saying she had an abortion. It was done to save her life. And yet she and Mitt will deny to their dying breath that it was what it was. And yet women in Kansas would not be given even that chance. "How can we control you? Let me count the ways." 1. We will take away your job if you use birth control. 2. We will take away your job if you don't use birth control and get pregnant. 3. If you get raped, tough. You shouldn't have been "wearing that", been "where you weren't supposed to be" or been "out in the world without a male escort". 4. If you get pregnant because of that rape, count it as a "blessing from God". Abort it? Oh no no no. This is your punishment for "wearing that", being "where you weren't supposed to be" or being "out in the world without a male escort" 5. If you're in an abusive marriage we won't lift a finger to help you. You are your husband's property and you should have made a better choice. 6. If you are unmarried/divorced and have children we will deny you and them access to health care, food and education. Your children are fatherless b*ds and you should have kept your legs shut and shouldn't have brought them into the world. If their father abandoned them then you shouldn't have made such a bad choice in a man. 7. If you have something wrong with your lady parts, don't talk to us about it. We don't want to hear about that icky stuff and we certainly don't intend to help you take care of it. Unless it's boobs. We like boobs. We especially like white, upper class lady like boobs. 8. No abortion. Not no way or no how. If it means you could die, tough. If you have the money to have a doctor that will tell you the truth and the money to travel, you can go to Oregon or California or one of those other atheistic, god forsaken states and have a "preterm induced delivery". But understand that's a privilege reserved to us. You can go die. What's one less woman to the world? 9. This is all "God's Plan". See, it says so right here in the Bible. Men are demi gods and women are the objects we own. Get used to it.

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