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Far Reaching, Invasive 70-Page Bill Threatens Women’s Health and Privacy

STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE      
March 19, 2013
 

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Sheila Kostas 913.312.5100 x246


Published: 03.19.13| Updated: 03.19.13

HB 2253 Debate Proves Politics Trump Medicine in Kansas Legislature

Overland Park, KS — Together, Gary Brunk of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas and Western Missouri, Elise Higgins of The Kansas National Organization for Women, Peter Brownlie of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, and Julie A. Burkhart of Trust Women strongly denounce today’s action furthering HB 2253 in the Kansas House. The four organizations, which each advocate for reproductive rights and health care access, expressed concern about the impact on Kansas women and families as this bill moves, and pledge to fight the bill even as it is one step closer to becoming law.

“HB 2253, this year’s Omnibus Abortion Restriction Bill, is a blatant political move. It has nothing to do with medicine and is not based in fact. Kansans elected this session’s body of legislators to balance the budget, improve our public education system and reinvigorate our job market—not spend taxpayer money creating more obstacles between women and needed health care.

Intrusion into private family matters is not a Kansas value. Providing medically inaccurate information does not benefit the health or safety of Kansans. The bill is designed to create distrust between a woman and her doctor.

Doctors – not politicians – should decide what information and care is best for their patients. This bill is about politics, not medicine, and it’s a disservice to the women of Kansas.”

Gary Brunk, American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas and Western Missouri / Contact: Holly Weatherford 913.269.9181
Elise Higgins, The Kansas National Organization for Women, 785.249.5862
Peter Brownlie, Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri / Contact: Sheila Kostas 913.312.5100 x246
Julie A. Burkhart, Trust Women / Contact: Sandra Criswell 916-218-5991

 

BACKGROUND

HB 2253, the Omnibus Abortion Restriction bill, is a 70-page sweeping overhaul of the state’s abortion restriction statutes containing no fewer than 40 provisions. Among many problematic provisions, the bill:

  • creates additional government regulations of and intrusion into the doctor-patient relationship;
  • requires physicians to provide medically inaccurate information to women;
  • effectively creates at least 12 new income and property taxes for Kansas families, many of which remain unclear; and
  • creates a tax penalty on Planned Parenthood and other charitable organizations while allowing no exceptions in the tax provisions for life, rape, incest or health of the woman. 

Following the final action vote in the House, HB 2253 will move to committee on the Senate side.  If passed, it moves to the Senate for a final vote. 

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