Kansas House lawmakers took a strong stance Tuesday against a radical New York law that allows unborn babies to be aborted for basically any reason up to birth.
The New York law has been met with continuous outrage since lawmakers passed and celebrated it in January. The so-called Reproductive Health Act goes beyond Roe v. Wade, allowing unborn babies to be aborted even when the U.S. Supreme Court has said states may restrict abortions. Late-term abortions, which once were illegal in New York, now are allowed, and non-doctors are allowed to perform them.
The radical pro-abortion law spurred a number of states to move in the opposite direction, working to pass bills to provide greater protections for unborn babies. In Kansas on Tuesday, state Rep. Renee Erickson said her resolution condemning New York is about protecting women and children.
“When extreme injustice is inflicted on innocent children, it is incumbent on Kansas leaders to speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves,” the pro-life Republican said, according to the Wichita Eagle.
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The Kansas resolution says the New York law passed in January “repealed vital protections for an unborn child who is born alive and who survives an abortion attempt” and that the people of Kansas “value and seek to protect” all life.
The New York law allows a woman “to claim minimal mental or societal effects as a reason for an abortion, up to the very moment of birth,” according to the resolution. It also says allowing physician assistants to perform abortions removes safety protections.
“All this does is encourage the folks that are pro-life in the state of New York to hold their legislators accountable,” said Rep. John Barker, an Abilene Republican.
Several House Democrats tried to add amendments not related to abortion, sparking several hours of debate, but the amendments failed. Some also argued that Kansas should stay out of other states’ politics.
After the vote, Kansas pro-life advocates praised state lawmakers for standing strong for unborn babies.
“Kansas is one of the most pro-life states in the country,” said Brittany Jones, Esq., advocacy director for Family Policy Alliance of Kansas. “The New York abortion law is a horrific reflection on the state and its values. The New York law does not reflect the values of Kansans. Even as several more states consider following New York’s lead, Kansas is proud to be a state that cherishes life and provides some of the strongest pro-life protections in the county.
“Family Policy Alliance of Kansas and the pro-life Kansas House will continue to advance a Kansas where life is cherished at all stages and where Kansas women are provided the strongest protections—not abortion providers,” she said.
Polls consistently show that most Americans oppose late-term abortions. However, Democrats in a number of states are pushing to legalize them anyway. They include Rhode Island, Vermont, Massachusetts and New Mexico.