Kansas Governor Has Budget to Sign With Two Pro-Life Provisions on Abortion

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 12, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Kansas Governor Has Budget to Sign With Two Pro-Life Provisions on Abortion

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 12
, 2010

Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson is reportedly anxious to sign the state budget the state legislature approved on Thursday. But the pro-abortion governor, who has already vetoed a bill to stop late-term abortions, worries pro-life advocates that he may veto the legislation.

That’s because it contains two pro-life provisions he vetoed last year — one to support pregnancy centers and another defunding Planned Parenthood.

Sen. Tim Huelskamp (R-Fowler) and Rep. Lance Kinzer (R-Olathe) offered a motion to cut state funding of the abortion business. And Rep. Peggy Mast (R-Emporia) and Sen. Carolyn McGinn (R-Sedgwick) filed an amendment to secure $200,000 grant money for a fund helping pregnancy centers.

"Once again the people’s representatives have shown they want tax dollars used to help unborn babies and their mothers, not hurt them," Kansans for Life director Mary Kay Culp told LifeNews.com today.

"Yet, once again, these honorable intentions sit at the mercy of a Governor who either doesn’t know or doesn’t want to acknowledge the good resulting from the reported 50,000 Kansas crisis pregnancy center client interactions last year," Culp added.

Last year, Parkinson outraged pro-lifers when he restored Planned Parenthood funding with about $250,000 in taxpayer funds.

Tax money Planned Parenthood gets — purportedly for contraception services — helps keep them in business as the nation’s largest abortion chain, Culp contends.

She laments that it receives tax money despite the fact that the Planned Parenthood abortion business is facing 107 criminal charges in Kansas and numerous criminal investigations in other states.

To rub salt in the wound, Parkinson last year also completely axed the Stan Clark fund. The groups that deserved those matching grants operate crisis pregnancy hotlines, and provide counseling and support services. They save lives and improve women’s health and yet they were penalized, Culp says.

"All we can do now is to encourage citizens, but better yet women, especially those who have suffered at the hands of Planned Parenthood, and/or benefited from the wonderful care provided by crisis pregnancy centers, to contact the Governor and beg him not to veto either provision," she told LifeNews.com.

Last month, Parkinson vetoed a late-term abortion bill, HB 2115, which the Senate fell one vote shy of overriding.

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

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