Governor Sam Brownback was a pro-life leader in the U.S. Senate when he served there and a national pro-life group says Kansans should re-elect him to another term as governor of the Midwestern state.
National Right to Life has endorsed Governor Sam Brownback in his gubernatorial re-election bid, noting his stalwart support of life issues. David N. O’Steen, Executive Director of the National Right to Life Committee, praised Brownback saying the endorsement reflects the Governor’s “commitment to strengthening a culture of life.”
In a letter to Brownback, O’Steen accentuated Brownback’s pro-life record by comparing it with Rep. Paul Davis: “Your positions on life issues differ sharply from the extreme, pro-abortion positions of your opponent, Paul Davis, who supports a policy of abortion on demand for any reason. You support legal protection for unborn children…”
O’Steen concluded by calling the electorate to action saying, “All voters who are concerned with the right to life should vote to re-elect you as governor, so that you can continue to work to advance vital pro-life public policies.”
The Governor thanked the federation of state right-to-life organizations for their endorsement and continued work to protect vulnerable lives.
“I’m honored to have the support of National Right to Life. In my second term as Governor, I will continue to defend all Kansans, at all stages of life.”
In April 2013, Brownback signed HB 2253, the Pro-life Protections Act, into law.
HB 2253 codifies abortion informed consent materials authorized by the state health department, and removes all tax streams that pay for abortion and give tax advantages to abortion businesses.
The informed consent section has an added mandate for the state health department to facilitate medical information access and community support for families facing pre-birth and post-birth diagnoses of Down Syndrome and other conditions.
HB 2253 assures taxpayers are not directly funding abortion or abortion training at the state university, and forbids state discrimination against pro-life citizens and entities. The legislation also includes SB 141, the ban on abortions done solely for the gender of the unborn child.
In April 2011, Brownback signed into law two pro-life bills that would help limit abortions in the state, which has seen abrotions steadily drop during his tenure. Brownback signed into law bills including one that will ban late abortions based on the scientific evidence showing unborn children can feel pain beginning at 20 weeks of pregnancy.
“I think challenges of Roe are abounding across the country,” Brownback said. “You’re seeing pro-life legislation pass in many jurisdictions across the nation.”
“The dignity of every individual in the state of Kansas, this country, the world has been significant to me for some time,” the governor said. “Whether that’s somebody in Africa, somebody in prison, some that is unborn. To sign major pro-life legislation in a first term, I think is important and significant.”
“These passed by large bipartisan margins in both the House and Senate. There’s not a dispute in the Legislature,” Brownback said.