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Kansas Legislature Votes to Restrict Abortion Care

Legislature focuses on wrong priorities as legislative session comes to a close
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Sarah Gillooly, 913.312.5100 x225
Sheila Kostas, 913.312.5100 x246


Published: 03.31.10| Updated: 03.31.10

Overland Park, KS— Yesterday, the Kansas Legislature voted to pass S Sub HB 2115, a politically motivated abortion restriction measure, which places political and moral beliefs before a physician’s best medical judgment.  At a time when national and state economies are in crisis, unemployment rates are climbing, and more and more families are uninsured and under economic assault, anti-choice Kansas legislators are wasting time and taxpayer money debating and passing bills a third time around that do nothing to prevent unintended pregnancies or reduce the number of abortions in Kansas.  S Sub HB 2115, which was originally a utilities bill, passed the House with a vote of 84-36 and the Senate with a vote of 24-15.

“The Kansas Legislature must stop wasting time playing political games with women’s health,” said Peter Brownlie, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri.  “Kansans want solution-focused measures that move us forward in a positive direction and actually expand access to preventive health care.”

“This bill is just another attempt to place political and moral beliefs before a physician’s best medical judgment.  It’s an effort by elected officials to insert themselves between a doctor’s decision regarding quality care and a woman’s access to that care,” said Brownlie. “Instead, the Kansas Legislature should support preventive health measures that truly help women and save the State money.”  According to the Guttmacher Institute, every $1 spent on family planning services in Kansas, saves the State $6.14 in Medicaid-related costs.  Currently, Kansas ranks 51st of all 50 states and the District of Columbia in providing public funding of family planning services. 

 “Planned Parenthood works everyday to provide Kansans with practical and proven programs including comprehensive sex education and access to affordable family planning—the only proven ways to reduce unintended pregnancy and reduce the need for abortion,” Brownlie said.  “It is time to stop playing politics and start working together toward common sense solutions to keep all Kansans healthy and safe.”

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Planned Parenthood is a vital resource for our community and for women and families throughout Kansas and Missouri.  We are a trusted source of health care and education for thousands of women, men, and children.  For more than 70 years, women have relied on Planned Parenthood to keep themselves and their families safe and healthy. 

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