UPDATE: Someone at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment caved. Planned Parenthood remains open for abortion business.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard an argument along these lines:
“Pro-life” politicians don’t really want to end abortion. Because if you get rid of abortion, you get rid of the reason they’re being elected! Anti-choicers are being played for fools.
Now, I generally distrust politicians, and I’m sure there are some who profess a pro-life stance solely for the sake of convenience. But I’m happy to report that this is not the situation in Kansas. Beginning tomorrow, it may be the first abortion-free state since Roe v. Wade!
After days of rumors, LifeSiteNews confirms that none of Kansas’ three abortion businesses have passed health and safety regulations. The icing on the case is that they were defeated by their own hollow “feminist” rhetoric:
“For many years, abortion businesses in Kansas have claimed to legislative committees that they do not need state oversight and that they already adhere to high industry standards,” [Kathy Ostrowski of Kansans for Life] explained. “Ironically, most provisions in the new Kansas law were taken from the published standards of the National Abortion Federation. To that was added requirements that any abortion must be done by a Kansas-licensed physician with local hospital privileges, and that chemical abortion pills must not be provided via computer.”
Pro-lifers should celebrate, but we should also realize that this is not the end of the story. History teaches us that sweeping changes to the status quo always takes time, no matter how just the cause. This is just the beginning of a long fight.
Fortunately, Kansas won’t be bloody this time around: instead, the battle is going to play out in court. Two of the abortion businesses have already sued to enjoin the law. Similar health and safety regulations survived a legal challenge in South Carolina, but that decision is not binding on Kansas courts. We’ll keep you apprised.
In states that are not abortion-free, and where abortion providers remain unregulated, we can at least put a dent in the lethal business by informing potential customers of the danger. Check out our pro-woman, life-saving project at AbortionSafety.com!