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Gov. Brownback says he believes a resolution can be reached between KU Med and abortion opponents

January 22, 2013


— Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday said he believed resolution can be reached between Kansas University Medical Center and abortion opponents over training in terminating pregnancies.

"I hope it can all get worked out," Brownback said shortly after speaking to a crowd of at least 1,000 people at an anti-abortion rally on the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.

"I think it can be worked out," he said. Brownback, a staunch opponent of abortion, declined to elaborate.

Last year, abortion opponents pushed for legislation that would have prohibited doctors in training at the KU Medical Center from abortion training as part of the obstetrics and gynecology program. But KU officials said that could have jeopardized the program's accreditation.

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.

No abortions are performed at the KU Hospital, but KU officials last year said that the school has a contract with the University of Colorado's medical school to provide abortion-related training.

The measure from last year was approved in the House but then Senate President Steve Morris sent the bill to a committee for further study with only days left in the session. Morris had said he was concerned about the bill's effect on KU Med Center's accreditation. The bill stayed in committee.

But abortion opponents have promised to ask legislators to enact the proposal.

Since last year, Morris was defeated and conservatives are now in firm control of the Senate.


tomatogrower 1 year, 2 months ago

Some abortions have to happen, because the baby is already dead or dying in the womb. If a doctor isn't trained to do this, do we just let the woman die? Let's have ignorant doctors, which is ok with Brownback. He wants to end education anyway.


Centerville 1 year, 2 months ago

Want to see what the pro-aborts think of women? Go to YouTube's "Happy 40th Anniversary, Baby".


1 year, 2 months ago

I seriously doubt this, especially after The Guv's performance in front of a crowd of 1000+ screaming anti-choice people yesterday.


Pork_Ribs 1 year, 2 months ago

Just another myth in the fight for the life, liberty and happiness of the unborn: "Abortion when the mother's life is in danger". If this is such an issue...then why are "No abortions are performed at the KU Hospital."??? You know why? Because mother's lives are never in danger because of their unborn child. That's why they don't perform them. It's never necessary. If my life is in danger...I either going to the police or a hospital. These 'moms' go to the strip mall clinic when their lives are in 'danger'.


cowboy 1 year, 2 months ago

Brownstabbinback cannot be trusted


Hoots 1 year, 2 months ago

How about the voters reaching a deal with Sam and vote him out of office.


fiddleback 1 year, 2 months ago

Back in April, the regressive trailblazers in Arizona enacted such a training ban: The fact that their schools have kept their accreditations is probably all the encouragement our pseudo-theocratic regime will need to give this another shot...

But then I'm sure there's a way that KUMC could outsource or put the training under some affiliate umbrella that uses endowment money or other alternative funding.

Or maybe they should just contract with the experts at the Topeka Abortionplex...the Yelp! reviews are glowing, and I'm sure that with more exposure more KUMC students would love to go into the field...heckuva job, Brownie!,20476/


Glenn Reed 1 year, 2 months ago

'"I think it can be worked out," he said. Brownback, a staunch opponent of abortion, declined to elaborate.'

Brownback never elaborates. Never describes the "why" when making decisions. If he did, he'd come off as a disingenuous twit.


hujiko 1 year, 2 months ago

"I hope it can all get worked out"

It did. 40 years ago.


parrothead8 1 year, 2 months ago

No good discussion will come of this.


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