Victory! Planned Parenthood Defunded In Kansas After Dropping Legal Challenge

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Operation Rescue: Planned Parenthood quietly filed a stipulation in a Kansas District Court to dismiss it’s legal challenge of a 2011 state law that reallocated Title X Family Planning funds to community groups that do not participate in abortion. This move allows the law to take effect, stripping Planned Parenthood of hundreds of thousands of tax dollars each year.

Planned Parenthood gave up its fight after a Federal Appeals Court issued a ruling in March that reversed the August 2011 ruling of Judge Thomas Marten that forced Kansas to continue to pour money into Planned Parenthood’s coffers while the case was being litigated.

“This is a huge victory that can serve as encouragement to other states that it is possible to defund Planned Parenthood,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, who has long advocated for stripping abortion providers of public tax dollars. “Polls show that the overwhelming majority of Americans do not want their tax dollars being spent to prop up Planned Parenthood.”

Currently ten states have passed laws to defund Planned Parenthood, but some of those are tied up in court. Kansas is among the first states that have been freed to actually pull the funding.

Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri claimed that the money did not go to abortion services but was being mainly used to keep open two offices in Wichita and Hays that did not provide abortions (they provide abortion referral services). Those two locations now face closure.

“The truth is that two centers in Hays and Wichita were little more than abortion referral centers that funneled abortion patients to Planned Parenthood in Overland Park on a regular basis – at taxpayer expense,” said Newman. “There are abundant medical services available for women in Hays and Wichita so that the closure of those Planned Parenthood offices will have no effect on the availability of legitimate health care for women in those communities.”

The 2011 law was well crafted and did not mention Planned Parenthood or abortion. It allowed the state to reprioritize how Title X funding was distributed in Kansas so that the money was instead going to community clinics not involved with abortion.

“We take seriously our duty to defend Kansas law against legal challenges,” Attorney General Derek Schmidt told the Associated Press. “This law was successfully defended.”

While Operation Rescue applauds Attorney General’s defense of the law stripping Planned Parenthood of Title X funds, it has been frustrated by his apathy toward defending a 2011 law that provided safety standards for abortion clinics. Currently Kansas abortion clinics are completely unaccountable and are never inspected.

Operation Rescue has criticized Schmidt for failing to aggressively defend that law, which requires abortion clinics to be licensed, and places clinic oversight under the auspices of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. That law is being challenged in state court by a father/daughter team of abortionists, Herbert Hodes and Tracy Nauser, who operate an abortion clinic in Overland Park.

“There has been absolutely no action in the clinic licensing case since August 2012. Right now, women are being subjected to substandard abortion practices in Kansas because the law that would have, for the first time, provided for abortion clinic oversight, inspections and minimum safety regulations has sat in limbo,” said Newman. “Inaction of that case is placing women in danger every day.”

Newman further stated, “We know that most abortion clinics provide shoddy services and don’t want to be subject to any kind legitimate medical standards because they know they can’t comply. The only way they can stay open is by cutting corners on women’s safety and with the aid of tax dollars. Clinic licensing and safety standards, coupled with the defunding of the abortion industry, could spell the end of the abortion cartel in America. Kansas has the laws in place to close at least three – and possibly all four abortion clinics that now operate in that state. But without a defense of the law and enforcement, those laws might as well not exist.”

Operation Rescue launched a petition to Gov. Sam Brownback, an ardent pro-life supporter, asking him to instruct the Attorney General’s office to immediately begin defending the 2011 clinic licensing law. The public, including those outside Kansas, are encouraged to sign the petition so that women can be protected by common-sense safety standards that currently do not exist.

DCG

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  1. Bob McElhaney

    Praise The Lord.

     
  2. If we support the Lord and protect his children, no matter what stage of life they are in . . . perhaps the Lord in his mercy will protect us from the ill winds that swirl all around us! God Bless all that work towards righteous ends!

     
  3. Thank you DCG for this great post! Good for Kansas! The Pro-Life Movement continues to have victories in the fight for the dignity of all human life.

     
  4. I know this is lengthy but I’d like to share thoughts about abortion in a devotion I wrote years ago:
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    My dear readers!
    This is a personal testimony about one of our sons. We had five sons, all wonderful people. As I approach my twilight years, I become increasingly grateful for them and their contributions to life. They have been more than a joy to us, they have become our inspiration, as well. Unfortunately our oldest opted to check out of life at the tender age of 19, but even from this tragedy lilies grew on the rod of sorrow.
    This is about our youngest son. When I became pregnant with this child my doctor, who was a personal friend as well, was very concerned. He was so sure I would not make it through the pregnancy because of complications when our fourth son was born (the surgeon told me a few days after our fourth son’s birth, “We almost lost mother and baby”). My doctor told me (this was before Roe v. Wade) that I could have what he called a therapeutic abortion, it was legal, and it was a “choice” that I could make without permanent damage to my conscience.
    Well, I made my “choice” and chose to have the baby. This baby is now 46 years old, an awesome presence and delight. He is a son, husband and father, and I can’t imagine him not being a part of our lives. His wife, who we love just as much as we love our son, is a wonderful lady, and they have given us four grandchildren who have given our sunset years more happiness than we could have imagined. I suppose my point is this: faith that God can see us through the tough times definitely pays. This young man and his family are so fine! Had I chosen to delete this blob from my life (which is what the prevailing notion is about that “thing” in mommy’s tummy), just think what we would have missed!
    Given today’s climate of staying in the comfort zone, I admit that if I had to make the choice today, I might choose to take the easy way out, and I’m ashamed to admit it. But oh! how grateful I am that God gave me the faith to carry this baby, and to grant me the PRIVILEGE of being his mother! Perhaps that is what we have forgotten: that to be a mother is to be a part of God’s creative act. And it is indeed a privilege!
    An Anonymous shares these thoughts:
    Would you consider abortion in the following four situations?
    1. There’s a preacher and wife who are very, very poor. They already have 14 children. Now she finds out she’s pregnant with their 15th! They’re living in tremendous poverty. Considering their poverty and the excessive world population, would you recommend she get an abortion?
    2. The father is sick with sniffles, the mother has TB. They have four children. The first child is blind, the second is dead. The third child is deaf, the fourth has TB. She finds she’s pregnant again. Given the extreme situation, would you consider recommending abortion?
    3. A white man raped a 13 year old black girl and she became pregnant. If you were her parents, would you consider recommending abortion?
    4. A teenage girl is pregnant. She’s not married. Her fiance is not the father of the baby, and he’s very upset. Would you consider recommending abortion?
    If you would have recommended abortion in any of these situations, you should know that…
    In the first case, you recommended killing John Wesley, one of the great evangelists of the 19th century.
    In the second case, you recommended killing Ludwig Von Beethoven, one of the most famous musical composers of all time. (He also became deaf at an early age).
    In the third case, you recommended killing Ethel Waters, one of the nations leading gospel singers.
    In the fourth case, you have just recommended killing Jesus Christ.
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