Radical Abortion Activists From Out of State Spend Millions Trying to Keep Abortions Legal in Kansas

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Aug 1, 2022   |   10:06AM   |   Topeka, Kansas

Pro-abortion dark money groups are spending millions of dollars to stop Kansas from passing a state constitutional amendment that declares there is no right to abortion.

The vote Tuesday on Value Them Both Amendment will determine whether Kansans may make their own abortion laws or remain under the control of a 2019 Kansas Supreme Court ruling that found a so-called “right to abortion” in their state constitution.

And while financial support for the amendment has come primarily from within the state, the opposite is true of the pro-abortion side.

According to The Federalist, 71 percent of the $6.54 million raised by the Kansans for Constitutional Freedom to defeat the amendment has come from sources outside the state. Campaign finance reports show two dark money groups, the Sixteen Thirty Fund and the North Fund, alone contributed $1.88 million, the Catholic News Agency reports.

Other out-of-state donors include major pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Oklahoma philanthropist Stacy Schusterman, and Amy and Rob Stavis, of New York, according to CNA.

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Danielle Underwood, director of communications for Kansans for Life, accused outside abortion activists of trying to force their beliefs on the people of Kansas.

“These unwelcome intruders include the Biden administration and far-left congressional members like Nancy Pelosi and Elizabeth Warren … [and they] do not represent the people of Kansas or our values,” she told The Federalist.

A sign of hope, most of the support for the Value Them Both Amendment has come from within the state. The Federalist reports less than 1 percent of the $4.69 million that the pro-life coalition reported came from outside groups.

Donors to the pro-life effort included Kansas for Life, Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, Kansas Catholic Conference, former gunpowder company executive J.B. Hodgdon of Shawnee, and other Catholic and Protestant churches and dioceses as well as individual donors, according to CNA.

The total does not include $1.3 million being spent by the national pro-life organization Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America to support the amendment, CNA noted.

Pro-life leaders expressed hopes that grassroots Kansans will ignore the outside propaganda and pass the amendment.

“The abortion industry will outspend us, perhaps 2 to 1 or more, but our most valuable ‘resource’ will be Catholics in the pew,” Chuck Weber of the Kansas Catholic Conference told CNA. “The abortion industry has virtually unlimited money to buy TV ad time, radio, digital, satellite, texting, etc. We are reaching out to parish pro-life coordinators and Knights of Columbus councils, asking them to call everyone and anyone they know to vote ‘yes.’”

The pro-life amendment would add language to the Kansas Constitution stating that there is no right to an abortion or taxpayer-funded abortion. Although it would not ban the killing of unborn babies in abortions, it would allow the voter-elected state legislature to do so.

The 2019 Kansas Supreme Court ruling Hodes & Nauser v. Schmidt threatens all existing limits on the abortion industry in the state. Without the amendment, Kansas could become the “wild west of the abortion industry,” said Brittany Jones, Esq., director of advocacy for the Family Police Alliance of Kansas, previously. This could mean forcing taxpayers to fund elective abortions and allowing unrestricted abortions up to birth, as well as ending informed consent requirements and parental consent for minors.

In several states, courts have found a so-called “right to abortion” in their state constitutions. The rulings have been used to force taxpayers to fund abortions and restrict the state legislature from passing even minor, common sense abortion restrictions. In 2018, West Virginia voters passed a similar state constitutional amendment after decades of being forced by a court ruling to fund elective abortions with their tax dollars.