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Supporters of new abortion bill say KU working to solve issue

February 6, 2013

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— A wide-ranging bill that would regulate abortion more strictly in Kansas was introduced in the House on Wednesday, but it includes language that key legislators said would allow Kansas University medical students to receive privately funded abortion training.

Supporters of the bill said they believe that provision, worked out in a deal with KU Medical Center, would allay concerns that the tougher regulations could jeopardize accreditation of the medical school’s obstetrics and gynecology program.

“I think we are going to be in a posture where there isn’t going to be a KU issue with this bill,” said Rep. Lance Kinzer, R-Olathe, who is a vocal opponent of abortion.

C.J. Janovy, a spokeswoman for the KU Medical Center, said, “While we haven’t yet seen a final copy of the measure that was introduced this morning, we believe we have found an administrative remedy that would not put our residency programs at risk if the language described were to become law.”

Last year, a major battle erupted over a bill banning the use of state funds for abortions.

Among the many provisions of that bill was one that would have prevented state employees, including doctors in training at the medical center in Kansas City, Kan., from performing abortions on state property or state time. KU Medical Center officials voiced concerns that the accreditation of its obstetrics and gynecology program would be in danger under that provision.

Legislators added a provision saying medical residents could do abortion training off-site, on their own time, for a year. But the Medical Center wanted a permanent exception.

The bill was approved by the House but eventually died in the Senate after then-Senate President Steve Morris, R-Hugoton, sent it back to committee, citing concerns about the bill’s impact on the medical center.

In the new version of the bill, Kinzer and Rep. Steve Brunk, R-Wichita, said KU will use private dollars to pay the residents, rather than public funds.

“For purposes of this bill, if they have a process set up where those folks are truly, completely, hermetically sealed off from any state dollars, then this bill doesn’t impact that and that is what they are working to do,” Kinzer said.

Brunk said he didn’t think the issue was completely resolved, but KU officials have been eager to seek a solution with the Legislature.

Brunk introduced House Bill 2253 in the House Federal and State Affairs Committee. The bill states that the unborn child shall have all rights and privileges available to other people.

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Machiavelli_mania 1 year, 2 months ago

Abortion should be medically-safe and legal for anyone who wants it for whatever reason they deem necessary at any time in the pregnancy.

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werekoala 1 year, 2 months ago

So does that mean any fetus CONCEiVED in the United States is automatically a citizen?

Man, I can't wait for the "anchor fetus" debate to start.

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Orwell 1 year, 2 months ago

“For purposes of this bill, if they have a process set up where those folks are truly, completely, hermetically sealed off from any state dollars, then this bill doesn’t impact that and that is what they are working to do,” Kinzer said.

Funny how that isn't acceptable for Planned Parenthood.

Hypocrites.

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William Weissbeck 1 year, 2 months ago

Could update the famous Nazi era poem by a German minister: First they came for the Jews, but I did not speak up, for I was not a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, but I did not speak up, because I was not in a union. Then they came for me, the educators and doctors, and there was no one left to speak.

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 2 months ago

"The bill states that the unborn child shall have all rights and privileges available to other people."

This makes me think of calling a spoon a "nutrional conveyance tool from the food service utensil to the multiuse nutritional/resperational orifice". Call a brick a brick. It's a "personhood" bill.

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William Weissbeck 1 year, 2 months ago

Am I correct that KU is the ONLY medical school in the state? Seems to me adding to my post above that the threat of closing the only medical school in the state would send a very strong national message to these loons and goons on the right to lay off. We need a debate about academic freedom at public institutions of higher education before the Kochs fund all their hand picked professors, and people buy into the argument that your tax dollars and wealth give you the right to promote nonsense.

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Joe Hyde 1 year, 2 months ago

If a daughter or grand-daughter of any conservative Republican were raped and that rape resulted in an unwanted pregnancy, or if she had a planned pregnancy that went bad and her life could be saved only by aborting the fetus, you can bet cash money the conservative Republican would hustle her onto the next flight to Mexico for a hush-hush abortion.

But if it's anybody else's daughter or grand-daughter facing those same terrible circumstances, the pregnant woman has no rights to decide her own future. She can't even use KUMC-trained doctors to save her own life if pregnancy threatens it. She is forced to sacrifice her reproductive rights and even her life to satisfy the conservative Republican's perverted concept of morality.

Such politics is not evidence of common sense governing: it's the characteristic of extremism, of dictatorship.

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KSManimal 1 year, 2 months ago

"The bill states that the unborn child shall have all rights and privileges available to other people."

Would those be the rights and privileges of union or non-union other people?

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 2 months ago

One of the provisions of the omnibus bill is that women undergoing abortion would have to be told BY LAW that there is a link between abortion and breast cancer and that it threatens future fertility. Both of these are flat out lies and have been repeatedly disproven and debunked. The cancer link was disproven by no less than the National Cancer Institute, the same agency that the med school was so hot from which to get accreditation. I seriously wonder how that agency will take the state forcing it's physicians to lie about something in which they had a hand in proving false?

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William Weissbeck 1 year, 2 months ago

While it is good to see that KU is being inventive with a solution, I'd much rather that they take a stand. There are very few institutions/organizations in the state that are large enough, capable of organizing and with the prestige of KU that can take on the legislature. I would rather they have threatened to shut down the medical school, rather than accept the legislature's interference. By KU rolling over - there is little left to stop the legislature and our modern day Richard III's tyrannical rule for at least the next 2 years. There is no White Knight within the state and none outside the borders that is preparing to invade and reclaim the throne and restore good government.

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 2 months ago

Given the new makeup of the legislature, everyone saw this bus coming from miles away. The bill that was introduced in committee yesterday was a seventy page omnibus bill and has all of the same provisions that were tabled last year by the Senate. (It had passed the House last year.) It also has even more provisions than the previous bill. Among those provisions is one that would not just protect physicians that don't tell women something is wrong with their fetus to prevent them from aborting, it now requires that physicians not say anything. It outlaws physicians from even declaring a pregnancy non-viable.
Does anyone else find it odd that legislators whose backgrounds are in owning car dealerships and furniture sales are now practicing medicine?
I feel so sorry for the women of Kansas.

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oldexbeat 1 year, 2 months ago

The liars of the GOP Koch Tea Party -- that they care about children -- seems only true in the womb -- cerainly their cutting of health programs for kids and their refusal to get involved in the national help program for children, plus not even knowing enough to see that abortions are necessary at times to save lives -- posers. Anything to hurt women's health is A-OK with Brownback and in Brownbackistan, irrational medical decisions are expected. But do not believe the liars that they care about all children. BS.

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fiddleback 1 year, 2 months ago

KU saw the writing on the wall last year with Brownback's purge of moderates in pursuit of a rubber stamp Senate, plus the pro-life zealots being emboldened by a similar measure passing in Arizona. No real surprise that KU figured out how to arrange private funding -- good for them.

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