Kansas Pro-Life Group Endorses Derek Schmidt for Governor

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 6, 2022   |   2:23PM   |   Topeka, Kansas

The Kansans for Life Political Action Committee (KFL PAC) is proud to endorse Attorney General Derek Schmidt for Governor. Additionally, the PAC is making a historic, early endorsement of Congressmen Ron Estes (KS-4), Jake LaTurner (KS-2) and Tracey Mann (KS-1) for re-election.

The pro-life group is also proud to endorse Jerry Moran for re-election to the United States Senate.

The endorsement of Attorney General Schmidt comes as he seeks to unseat current Governor and abortion fanatic Laura Kelly in November. Prior to the November election, pro-life Kansans will fight the most consequential battle in our movement’s history with the Value Them Both Amendment on the ballot August 2nd. The Amendment will protect existing limits on the industry, which are in danger of being eliminated due to a 2019 Kansas Supreme Court ruling.

“Derek Schmidt has been a true defender of life as Attorney General,” said Melissa Leach, KFL PAC Manager. “His work to defend our existing pro-life laws and support for the Value Them Both Amendment is well-documented. We are confident that he will carry this same commitment to the Governor’s mansion.”

Democrat Laura Kelly has gone above and beyond to do the industry’s bidding. In 2020, her executive action led to a 9.1% increase in abortions in Kansas, the single largest annual percentage increase since the 1990s. National press outlets have even noted Kansas as a destination for abortion on Kelly’s watch.

“Kansans are ready to replace the Kelly administration with one that shares our values, upholds our laws, and protects our most vulnerable,” stated Schmidt. “I’m grateful to have the endorsement of Kansans for Life and to work with them to achieve this shared goal.”

The endorsement of Moran comes as pro-life U.S. Senators are fighting an almost daily onslaught from the abortion industry. These attacks include the nomination of radical judges to the federal bench, attempts to force taxpayers to pay for abortion up to birth (removal of the Hyde Amendment) and other elements of President Biden’s so-called “Build Back Better” plan. Biden’s radical allies are also trying to change Senate rules and the “filibuster” in order to jam through an anti-life agenda.

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“Senator Moran has partnered with the pro-life cause on so many fronts over the years,” stated Melissa Leach on behalf of KFL PAC. “His leadership of the National Republican Senatorial Committee was key to pro-life gains in the U.S. Senate and critical to the selection of a historic number of constitutionalist judges. At this most challenging  time in the movement, we must send Senator Moran back to Washington to protect important tools like the filibuster and the Hyde Amendment.”

“Life is precious, and during my time in Congress, I have used my voice and vote to defend the unborn,” said U.S Senator Jerry Moran. “I am honored by KFL’s continued support as we work together to fight for pro-life policies and oppose efforts to undermine the rights of the unborn. By working to appoint judges and justices that will defend the right to life and preventing Democrats’ attempts from removing the long-standing Hyde Amendment, we can end destructive policies and prevent taxpayer-funded abortions. I stand ready to support life from the earliest stage and help pass the Value Them Both Amendment, because every life is precious and deserves our respect and protection.”

Meanwhile, KFL PAC’s historic early endorsement of Congressmen Estes, LaTurner and Mann comes at a time when these members are being tested on life issues like no other time in our nation’s history.

“The abortion industry-controlled U.S. House of Representatives and Biden Administration are working overtime to force their extremist agenda on the American people,” continued Leach. “Staving off the relentless efforts is no small feat. Congressman Estes is a national leader in the fight against taxpayer funded abortion. Congressman LaTurner is the lead sponsor of Simon’s Law which protects medically fragile children and parental rights, and Congressman Mann has championed legislation to rein in antilife executive actions. We know we can count on these pro-life legislators to continue to take Kansas values to D.C. in November.”

“I’m humbled to once again receive the support of KFL,” stated Congressman Estes. “South central Kansas has been the epicenter of the pro-life debate, and our area has a history of grassroots leaders who have defended life for decades. In Congress, I’ve taken this Kansas priority to the House chamber, working to defund the abortion industry, protect preborn babies diagnosed with Down syndrome, recognize the scientific evidence of preborn babies feeling pain, and save the lives of babies born after botched abortions.”

“As an unapologetic pro-life conservative, I am honored to receive an endorsement from Kansans for Life,” said Congressman LaTurner. “At a time when Democrats in Washington are trying to push through the most radical pro-abortion agenda in American history, I will continue to be a voice for the millions of pro-life Kansans across our state and defend the most vulnerable among us – the unborn.”

“There is no greater responsibility in my duties as a United States Congressman than the solemn privilege of standing up for unborn Americans, which I will always do, no matter the cost,” stated Congressman Mann. “I have voted for the right to life more than 20 times on the Floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, including 10 times to protect taxpayers from funding abortions in major spending bills. I have cosponsored more than 30 pieces of legislation that protect the unborn, and I have introduced legislation that would require the President to notify the American public and Congress before issuing any new executive action interfering with the right to life. Thank you, Kansans for Life, for all your support of this noble cause, and for your brave stance in the fight for life. The abortion industry has desensitized this country, and my prayer is that it will be reined in as soon as possible.”

The pro-life movement in Kansas is facing its most crucial moment on August 2nd, 2022, when voters will have the opportunity to vote YES on the VALUE THEM BOTH Amendment. The Amendment will protect the state’s existing, bi-partisan supported abortion regulations. If the Amendment is not approved, Kansas will become a destination for unlimited abortion because of a 2019 Kansas Supreme Court ruling that endangers even the most basic limits on the abortion industry.