Kansas Pro-Life Group Pressing for Abortion Clinic Inspections

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 21, 2011   |   5:09PM   |   Topeka, KS

Kansans for Life is urging pro-life advocates to contact their members of the state legislature to support Hsub SB 36 when lawmakers return to the state legislature from their Easter break next week.

When the Kansas Senate returns next Wednesday, they will take up H Sub SB 36, the abortion clinic licensure bill, which the House passed three weeks ago 97-26. The legislation is nearly identical to the clinic licensure bill that passed in the House and Senate in 2003 and 2005, and was vetoed by then-Gov. Sebelius.

Kathy Ostrowski, the legislative director for the organization, told LifeNews.com today that the bill “will prohibit anyone other than a Kansas-licensed physician from performing surgical abortions or administering abortion by pills; prohibit obtaining abortion pills via ‘webcam”–a new business format pushed by Planned Parenthood under which women only”see” a physician via computer screen; and institute an annual license renewal based on inspection, with an additional unannounced inspection during that calendar year.”

“Some pro-abortion Senators are telling constituents the bill is unneeded, or that it unnecessarily burdens innocent medical facilities by requiring them to become licensed abortion facilities,” Ostrowski continued. “Both these claims are false.”

“This bill is needed and the abortion license would only be needed for any facility that performs elective abortions,” she said. “Any medical facility that ends up doing one or more life-saving abortions is not mandated to be licensed under this bill– including any facility that treats ectopic (“tubal”) pregnancies.”

Kansas currently has three abortion businesses, none of which advertise doing abortions at or beyond 22 weeks gestation, two physicians’ offices under the authority of the state Board of Healing Arts (KSBHA) and one single-day, Ambulatory Surgical center that Planned Parenthood operates under the authority of the state Health department (KDHE).

The new abortion license of H Sub SB 36 would include specific provisions [pre-and post-surgical] taken from the published “industry standards” of the National Abortion Federation, Ostrowski said. Such provisions are not already mandated by either KSBHA or KDHE and essentially put women at risk at the abortion centers.

KDHE inspects all ASCs every three years, and Planned Parenthood’s last inspection was in 2008, Ostrwoski noted. KSBHA privately inspected the two office/abortion clinics in 2007 and 2009, under agency rules created in response to continued complaints of KFL members about the Christin Gilbert death and horrific conditions at the Krishna Rajanna clinic doing abortions.

“But such inspections are only a baseline, covering facilities that do various non-abortion medical services that have no history of violating patient care for profit margins, the way Kansas abortionists have demonstrated, with unsafe environments, untrained staff, re-use of single-use supplies and advertised “sale days,” the KFL legislative director said.

“Kansas abortionists have been cited for endangering women, both in professional disciplinary actions as well as over 40 malpractice suits for numerous maternal injuries and five deaths of pregnant women,” Ostrowski concluded. “The abortionists have not “voluntarily” followed their own industry standards and need state oversight to do so, under penalty of closing their businesses. That is why the courts have repeatedly ruled that abortion is “different” and that states can regulate abortion clinics without regulating other medical facilities.”

Messages can be left for legislators to support the bill at 785-432-3924.