Kansas Sees New Late-Term Abortion, Parental Consent Bills

State   |   Kathy Ostrowski   |   Jan 20, 2011   |   10:34PM   |   Topeka, KS

In an extraordinary show of unity, a majority of representatives in the Kansas House have co-signed HB 2035– the Abortion Reporting Accuracy and Parental Rights Act.

The bulk of the bill is composed of late-term abortion regulations that repeatedly passed the legislature only to be vetoed by extreme abortion-supporting governors, Kathleen Sebelius and Mark Parkinson.

Ironically, at the same time as the press conference about the bill, news broke of Pennsylvania’s prosecution of a ‘House of Horrors’ late-term abortion business.

There was blood on the floor. A stench of urine filled the air. Semi-conscious women scheduled for abortions were moaning in the waiting room or the recovery room, where they sat on dirty recliners covered with blood-stained blankets.

Investigators found the Philadelphia clinic of millionaire abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell grossly unsuitable as a surgical facility.   The two surgical procedure rooms were filthy and unsanitary – described as resembling “a bad gas station restroom.”  The DA who arrested Gosnell, his wife and 8 unlicensed staffers, said

Gosnell “induced labor, forced the live birth of viable babies in the sixth, seventh, eighth month of pregnancy and then killed those babies by cutting into the back of the neck with scissors and severing their spinal cord.“

Although late-term abortions in Kansas dramatically decreased after the murder of George Tiller, two Wichita area-physicians have announced their intent to open a new abortion facility in Wichita.

While claiming late-term abortions are not planned there, many practitioners willing to do those abortions are available– anywhere from 100-400 –according to the Guttmacher research group, begun by Planned Parenthood.

The Overland Park, Kansas, Planned Parenthood facility has secured abortions at or near viability and still faces criminal charges for illegal late-term abortions.  Hearings and a possible trial on those charges were delayed largely due the posture of the state health department under the current law and  H.B. 2035 addresses that situation at several levels.

Also, under HB 2035, Kansas will join 25 other States that currently require parental consent for minors seeking abortion.

Planned Parenthood’s lobbyist said, “legislators have enough to worry about with the state’s projected $550 million budget deficit than to focus on more abortion regulations.”

However, KFL executive Director Mary Kay Culp rebutted, “If the question –of whether the cash-only, largely unregulated, abortion industry should retain more rights than parents to influence a minor’s abortion– isn’t a legitimate one for the people’s representatives, I don’t know what is!”

Culp continued, “This bill means that the decision to abort will be put into the hands of at least one adult with a genuine, long-term interest in their minor daughter, rather than left to a minor with input limited to her scared same-age boyfriend, (or worse) to paid abortion clinic staff, (or worst of all) to a sexual predator.”