Archive for Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Kansas in federal court today on abortion restrictions

June 26, 2013


— Topeka — Kansas is heading back to court today to defend new restrictions on abortion providers.

Chief Judge Kathryn Vratil was scheduled to hear arguments this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., on whether she should temporarily block parts of a sweeping state law set to take effect in July.

Planned Parenthood sued last week over provisions spelling out what information patients must receive before their pregnancies are terminated. It wants Vratil to prevent the state from enforcing the restrictions until its lawsuit is resolved.

The required information includes a statement that abortion ends the life of a “living human being.”

Planned Parenthood’s litigation is one of several lawsuits over abortion restrictions enacted since 2011. Kansas has spent more than $758,000 on private attorneys in lawsuits over anti-abortion laws.


Cait McKnelly 4 years, 12 months ago

"Kansas has spent more than $758,000 on private attorneys in lawsuits over anti-abortion laws."

This is what Kansas has spent on private attorneys. This isn't counting the cost of time spent by Schmidt's own office. This is also what has just been spent so far. Schmidt requested 500k more from the legislature for the sole purpose of defending the most recently passed legislation. And you can pretty well guarantee it won't be the last of it.
I'm more interested in what happened in Texas last night with the Wendy Davis filibuster. Literally THOUSANDS of women flooded the state capitol in Austin in support of her.
Brownback and Kinzer need to be afraid. Very afraid. Women have had enough.

Catalano 4 years, 12 months ago

And those thousands of Wendy supporters carried her filibuster through past midnight when the legislature tried to stop her. This is the kind of Texas I wouldn't mind emulating. Probably not what Sam had envisioned with his "Look out Texas, here comes Kansas" motto, though.

verity 4 years, 12 months ago

Texas does have a lot of women with an iron fist in a velvet glove. I have experienced this myself. They may be soft-spoken and sweet, but they are not to be toyed with.

Here's a shout out for Wendy Davis and her supporters. If we women stick together, we can beat out the old guard. We are a majority.

"As the dust settled, evidence emerged that Republicans had resorted to changing the timestamp in an attempt to fake the bill's passage." No, tell me Republicans would never resort to chicanery.

"Conservatives understand this point, too. Like California during the 1980s, Texas is turning blue thanks to women and people of color, and the right wing has no real plan or platform to capture those voters. Instead, they had planned to hold the state by force, as Tuesday night's events made clear. What they didn't plan on was Davis and her feminist army. And they're not going anywhere."

Catalano 4 years, 12 months ago

I bet Ann Richards and Molly Ivins are dancing a jig somewhere right now!

verity 4 years, 12 months ago

No doubt!

Damn, I wish that Molly Ivins was still here.

Cait McKnelly 4 years, 11 months ago

Just an FYI, Eddy. PP's legal arm is a separate entity and funded entirely by private donations. Less than 2% of all of PP's business is abortions and NO tax money goes to that procedure. All tax money paid to PP went for Pap smears, breast health, contraception and yes, PRENATAL CARE. PP maintained clinics in underserved and rural areas where women had no other access to women's heath care, which, because the female reproductive organs are inside the body instead of outside, is a LOT more complicated than an annual prostate exam and a prescription for Viagra.
So go ahead. Pull a Brownback and try and defund PP. When Texas did it, they cut off healthcare to 350,000 women and in the process lost millions of dollars in Federal funding for it. They are already feeling the consequences of THAT particular bit of religious right wingnuttery.

Cait McKnelly 4 years, 12 months ago

No it's not. It's all about controlling women and their sex lives.

Bobby Burch 4 years, 12 months ago

$758k in defense of blatantly a unconstitutional law? Why not make it an even million? And while were at it, KS lawmakers, lets draft a law establishing a different set of currency so we can operate in Brownie's conservative utopia ... after all, KS made guns and ammo soon won't be subject to Fed laws ... why not just go all the way and create the autonomous country of Kansas.

Frugality in Kansas legislature my @$$ ...

gatekeeper 4 years, 12 months ago

Please explain how you can go by dont tread on me, but you like it when the govt treads on our rights? You can't use the argument that it's about the rights of the unborn because the unborn aren't yet citizens, therefore have no rights. I think you need to educate yourself on what your name really means.

DScully 4 years, 12 months ago

Perhaps it's because he doesn't care if they tread on women's rights!!! And if it's a she, big shame on you, you have betrayed all women!!

Cait McKnelly 4 years, 12 months ago

I find it laughable that you call yourself "pro-life" when you are clearly pro-forced birth no matter the consequences to the woman OR her fetus.

Cait McKnelly 4 years, 12 months ago

Religious arguments are a strawman argument. Not everyone believes in the same "God" that you do. That in no way gives you the right to shove your beliefs down their throats and force your flavor of "morality" on them.

deec 4 years, 11 months ago

"Please let me know any god that says abortion is OK..."

Given that the old testament (Numbers 5:12-28) advises certain herbs be given to adulterous wives to induce abortion, I would say the Jewish/Christian god does.

Not to mention all those legions of babies killed in the womb or shorty thereafter by God himself. Seems to me he's actually rather in favor of knocking off the young'uns.

Armored_One 4 years, 12 months ago

Do you care as much about them after they get squirted out?

Just kind of curious,,.

Armored_One 4 years, 11 months ago

So you would back an increase in taxes to pay for expanded child care services and/or an expansion of the foster care system?

verity 4 years, 12 months ago

Are the unborn citizens? Are they counted in the census?

verity 4 years, 11 months ago

No answers yet? I thought the "pro-lifers" would be all over this.

speedy47 4 years, 12 months ago

Sure do wish the women residing in the western half of our state would step up and say they've had enough.

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