Kansas Pro-Life Group Says Law Needed to Protect Pregnant Women

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 19, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
June 19, 2006

Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — Kansans for Life, the statewide pro-life group, is calling on state lawmakers to approve an unborn victims bill that would offer protection for pregnant mothers and their unborn children who are victims of violent assaults. The call comes after a Kansas family lost their 14 year-old daughter Chelsea Brooks, who was murdered while she was nine months pregnant.

However, under Kansas law, anyone responsible for the assault and killing of a pregnant woman and her unborn child can’t be held responsible for the deaths or injuries to the baby.

The Brooks family doesn’t like that and has said it will launch an effort in Kansas to change the law.

Kansas, unlike 34 other states, does not have protection for the unborn victims of violent crime and, as a result, there will be no justice for Alexa, Chelsea’s unborn child.

"We will continue to pursue just punishment for the person or persons responsible for the death of our daughter and granddaughter," the family said in a statement. "Two lives were taken from us last week and we will do whatever it takes to make sure that the law, in the future, recognizes all life, even if it is too late for our girls."

Kansans for Life says pro-abortion Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and Senate President Steve Morrison and Senate Judicial Chair John Vratil are to blame for the lack of a law protecting pregnant women.

"It was their inaction in this year’s Kansas legislative session which halted such unborn protection (HB 2300) after it was passed by the Kansas House of Representatives by a vote of 85-38," KFL legislative director Kathy Ostrowski explained in a statement provided to LifeNews.com.

Ostrowski also blamed abortion advocates, such as Planned Parenthood, NOW and the National Council for Jewish Women for claiming to lobby for women’s interests but failing to protect pregnant women from violence.

Their opposition to the measure is "sadly ironic given the fact that both victims in the Brooks murders were female," Ostrowski said.

Kansans for Life calls upon state legislators to refile the language of HB 2300 for the 2007 session as "Alexa’s Law."

"Hopefully, lawmakers who have been listening to the abortion industry, will instead hear the pain of families who suffer violent crime," Ostrowski said. "Victims of violent crime, like the Brooks family, should not also become victims of the politics of Kansas abortion interests."

Related web sites:
Kansans for Life – https://www.kfl.org