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Kansas House Passes Omnibus Abortion Restriction & Tax Penalty Bill

Kansas Creates Dozens of New Abortion Restrictions

and Imposes New Taxes

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Sarah Gillooly, 913.334.8288
Sheila Kostas, 913.312.5100 x246


Published: 05.04.12| Updated: 05.04.12

Overland Park, KS—Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri sharply criticized H Sub SB 313, passed in a first round of approval today in the Kansas House. The House is expected to take final action on the bill, sending it to the Senate, on Monday.

H Sub SB 313, the Omnibus Abortion Restriction bill, is a 71+ page sweeping overhaul of the state’s abortion restriction statutes. Among many provisions, the bill:

  • requires physicians to provide medically inaccurate misinformation to women;
  • bans doctors and nurses from volunteering at their child’s school in any capacity;
  • effectively creates 12 new income and property taxes for Kansas families; and
  • creates a tax penalty on Planned Parenthood and other charitable organizations.

“More than 90% of what Planned Parenthood does in Kansas and across the country is preventive – providing life-saving cancer screenings, affordable birth control, prevention and treatment of STDs, breast health services, pap tests, sexual health education, information and health counseling. One in five women have turned to Planned Parenthood at some time in their lives for high-quality, affordable, non-judgmental care,” said Dr. Harry Jonas, OBGYN and Past-President of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “Planned Parenthood works to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and keep women and families healthy. Creating a tax penalty on Planned Parenthood’s patients and donors and banning Planned Parenthood from providing education services to students is truly a political attack on women’s health. It is outrageous and hypocritical,” concluded Dr. Jonas.

Planned Parenthood believes it is important for women’s health to be continuously improved based on scientific advancements. Doctors – not Governor Brownback and Rep. Kinzer– should decide what information and care is best for a patient’s circumstances. Politicians should not attempt to legislate medicine by interfering in personal, private medical decisions that should be left to a woman, her family, her faith and her doctor.

H Sub SB 313, advanced in the final days of Session in a “gut and go,” will now be sent to the Senate for a simple up or down vote. The complex bill will receive no formal introduction, hearings, debate or opportunities for amendment in the Senate. “It is outrageous that our legislators have violated the democratic and legislative process in order to pursue an ideological agenda in the final days of Session. Our government, our democracy, depends on checks and balances a thorough vetting and robust consideration of proposed ideas. Whether one identifies as pro-choice or pro-life, this bill is bad public policy and poorly written. Once this ‘gut and go’ moves to the Senate, those checks and balances will be deliberately abandoned in order to ram this bill through. Blatantly violating the basic principles of democracy is not a Kansas value,” said Brownlie Peter Brownlie, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri.

Planned Parenthood criticized not only the passage of H Sub SB 313, but also the misplaced priorities of Governor Brownback and the legislature demonstrated by the extraordinary amount of time and taxpayer dollars spent on this issue including the two other abortion and contraception bills already passed this session and the five bills signed into law in 2011.

“Kansans expect our legislators to address school financing, the Governor’s Medicaid overhaul, redistricting, and the budget and unemployment crisis – not legislate medicine. Kansans expect those legislators who promised ‘no new taxes’ to keep their word – not raise sales and income taxes for thousands of women and families. Kansans expect our elected officials to stop putting politics before women’s health,” concluded Brownlie.


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