Third Kansas Prolife Bill Heads to Governor Brownback
Today, the Kansas Senate voted 24-15 in favor of the abortion licensure bill, H sub SB 36, aptly carried by Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook (R-Shawnee).
KFL State Executive Director Mary Kay Culp said:
“Every excuse abortion supporters gave to stop this bill was either lame or a lie. They accuse us of passing the bill solely to limit access to abortion, when what it actually does is limit access to dangerous abortion clinics that cut corners for profit because the inherent shame of abortion prevents women from filing lawsuits or clamoring for state corrective action. And we are proud indeed to deny access to dangerous chemical abortions via webcam at the numerous sites across Kansas that were being eyed by Planned Parenthood.”
Under the new licensure, ultrasound use is now mandated for all abortions, and under the 2009 Kansas Woman’s Right to Know and See provision, the mother must be asked if she wishes to see the ultrasound and receive a hard copy.
Abortionists will now be required to have clinical privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion facility. The facility will renew licensure annually upon completion of an inspection, and will be subject to an unannounced inspection during that calendar year.
H Sub SB 36 prevents abortions by surgery or pills by non- physicians and bans the novel “webcam” abortions where dangerous abortion pills would be dispensed remotely via computer. The number of Kansas abortions by pill continue to rise, (26.8% in 2010) at a rate well above the national average.
The non-reporting of injuries and deaths of women at Kansas abortions was a topic of today’s Senate debate. Sen. Pilcher-Cook remarked that the absence of hard data on abortion injuries exactly proved the need for the bill. H Sub SB 36 will require abortion-licensed facilities to report maternal deaths from abortions to the state health department within one business day, and maternal injuries within 10 calendar days.
My Opinion: This bill is definitely a step in the right direction and I’m happy that it passed, but I won’t be satisfied until abortions are prohibited in this country. Abortion is murder and we need to persist in praying that all people will be able to see it for what it is — the taking of innocent human life.