The Biden Administration is trying to push the Equality Act through the Senate. And now they have attempted to unilaterally redefine sex in Title IX – putting girl’s opportunities at risk. The City of Philadelphia attempted to punish Catholic Services for living out their beliefs, disregarding the needs of children in their community.

But today in a shocking 9-0 decision, the Supreme Court sided with Catholic adoption agency’s right to care for children consistently with their faith.

In a year when many churches and ministries have caved to the LGBTQ+ agenda, the Court reaffirmed religious ministries right to be just that – religious ministries. The Court saw little to no benefit in excluding religious ministries in helping kids.

In Kansas, we have already fought, and won, the battle to ensure that adoption agencies will be protected through the 2018 Adoption Protection Act. But Governor Kelly has consistently waged war against these protections.  She has tried to issue new guidance for foster families, tried to impose a sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) nondiscrimination law through boards she controls, and supported cities in passing ordinances that violate the First Amendment.

Our state has a child placement problem. The foster care crisis in our state has forced children to sleep in offices at points – clearly showing we need to allow more children to be placed in homes rather than excluding families, as Governor Kelly would like.

Caring for the widow and the orphan is one of the most specific commands that Scripture gives. The ability of Christian families and ministries to live out our beliefs by carrying for children that need families is paramount. We recognize as the Supreme Court did today, that these ministries that give families these opportunities are a “point of light” in our state.  But we have to utilize their services.

We are thankful that the Supreme Court gave us a legal boost in living out this calling. But we need your help to keep fighting for families and ministries.  Will you join us today in fighting for families and children?

Some things you can do:

For Kansas kids,

Brittany Jones, Esq.
Director of Advocacy

A 9% increase for a state might normally be a good thing. Especially if it meant an increase in population.

But unfortunately, the exact opposite is happening in Kansas. Under Governor Kelly’s tenure, the increases we are seeing are not the good kind. New numbers show that Governor Kelly has overseen the largest increase in abortion in Kansas since 1999.

And Governor Kelly can’t talk her way out of the horrific reality of these numbers.

The KDHE released its abortion report showing an increase of 9% since 2019. 626 more abortions were performed in Kansas in the last year.

Until now because of our life-saving laws, most years we’ve seen a decrease in abortion. In 2020, we lost 7,542 babies through abortion. This is a heart wrenching number.

What caused this increase?

In the early days of the pandemic, Governor Kelly halted most elective medical procedures, but not abortion. While other governors treated abortion businesses the same way as other clinics, and despite the cries of thousands of Kansans, Governor Kelly staunchly refused to treat all elective procedures equally.

She claimed that she couldn’t close abortion clinics because there was a constitutional right to abortion. Sadly, without Value Them Both she could be right. Because of what our courts have done to our Kansas Constitution, the abortion industry was able to stay open when many legitimate businesses were closed. This allowed them to push women to come to Kansas to have abortions.

What happened in 2020 is just a small taste of what unlimited abortion will look like in Kansas without Value Them Both. This is not intended to scare you but is meant to let you know the gravity of the situation.

Without Value Them Both, not only will abortion be unlimited (meaning that even if we had a governor who wanted to protect life neither legislators nor governors would have much of any right to regulate the abortion industry) but you will likely be paying for this increase in abortion with your tax dollars, as we’ve seen in states like Alaska.

Every time our opposition has accused us of fear mongering over the last two years, we’ve actually wound up being right simply because we have read the case law and because we watch what happens in other states.

If we are going to reverse the course in Kansas and protect both women and children, we have one shot to pass Value Them Both.

We all know that an increasing abortion rate is NOT a Kansas value no matter how you label yourself politically. Will you join us in standing up for mothers and babies?

You can find more specific information HERE!

Because every life is valuable,

Brittany Jones, Esq
Director of Advocacy

 

P.S. With something so important as Value Them Both on the ballot, our current Governor will stop at nothing to protect the abortion industry. Last year it meant she would fight to keep the abortionists open no matter the cost. Currently it means she will even veto common sense election integrity laws. We need your help to fight back to protect our elections and our pro-family laws. Will you consider a donation to today?

The legislature begins its final week of work on Monday. And boy do they have a lot of work to do! For people who care about families there are three key topics that the legislature will be discussing over the next seven days that are important.

So I need you to take time to contact your legislators on just three things today:

  1. Save Girls SportsAfter passing Value Them Both at the very beginning of session, protecting girls’ opportunities in sports became our number one priority. This is a national movement and now at least seven states have passed legislation to ensure a level playing field for girls. But our Governor wants to stand in the way of the majority of Kansans, and instead sided with the Biden Administration and radical LGBTQ+ activists.Now is the time for us to ensure that Kansas girls going forward that we had.Now is the time to stand up for Kansas girls!

    Now is the time to tell your legislator to override the Governor’s veto.

    It’s easy on our action center!

  2. Educational FreedomAfter falling just one vote short the last day of the regular session, educational freedom will continue to be a discussion during veto session. The legislature still has to pass a bill that contains school funding. This funding should include policies defining how the budget should be spent. We should be able to ensure that the money going to schools is used in ways that actually help kids learn and excel. Educational options for families is just one of the ways to do that.Ask your legislators to support legislation that will unleash families’ choices as they seek educate their children in a way that best prepares their children for the future! You can find your legislators names and numbers on our action page.
  3. Election IntegrityDo you believe that only the legislature should set election law? Do you believe ballot harvesting (allowing someone else besides the voter to turn in a ballot) should be limited? These are pretty common-sense protections, that thus far, have not been enforceable in law in Kansas. We’ve even had legislators admit on the floor that they have used some questionable election practices.Our nation relies on the integrity of elections for the legitimacy of everything the government does. HB 2183 simply closes some loopholes in our laws so that bad actors cannot exploit them. Governor Kelly, without giving much explanation, vetoed this important law.Reach out to your legislators and ask them to override the Governor’s veto and protect our elections!

These are just three of the topics that that your legislators will be discussing over the next week. Pray for them as they discuss a variety of topics. They need wisdom and insight to lead our state. Pray that God will shape their hearts and that they will choose to make decisions that protect our families and honor God.

For Kansas,

Brittany Jones
Director of Advocacy

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is. — Winston Churchill

Today, Governor Kelly betrayed Kansas women as she sided with radical LGBTQ+ ideology and the corrupt NCAA. However, we won’t stop fighting for women! Contact your legislators and ask them to override Governor Kelly’s veto.

The media wants you to believe that the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act would ban transgender kids from sports. This is simply untrue. Let’s talk about what the bill actually says and does.

First, the bill is only targeted to protect women and does not affect male teams. While the media continues to use misleading headlines that state that we are banning certain individuals from sports, that is appallingly untrue. The only thing the bill does is keep biological boys from stealing girls’ opportunities in sports that are specifically designed for biological women. Co-eds sports and men’s sports are completely unaffected.

The true intent with this law has been attacked by both individuals from the far left and by moderates who would prefer we weren’t discussing this issue and who are more concerned about the NCAA and their agenda than Kansas girls. Our intent has always been and is now only to protect women – clearly evidenced because it only goes one way by dealing with women’s sports.

Secondly, our opponents want to sideline us by elevating name calling above the facts. Because so many people from different walks of life and perspectives support this legislation, our opponents’ ad hominem attacks and name calling descend into absolute absurdity. The facts just don’t support their characterizations.

Our opponents would like for you to believe that young people don’t support this bill. That is just on its face a lie. I’m a young women who has benefited from policies like Title IX which safeguard women’s sports. One of the strongest advocates for the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act happens to also be Senator Kristen O’Shea, the youngest female senator in Kansas history. And of course, there are the brave young athletes that testified on behalf of the bill in committee. Our generation has been perhaps most impacted by Title IX and we are not willing to let it be warped into oblivion.

This bill affects mothers, fathers, grandparents, uncles, aunts – all who want to see the women in their lives succeed. In fact, some of our strongest advocates in the House debate were grandfathers who just want their granddaughters to have opportunities to do great things.  We are supported by folks across the political spectrum as well.

Finally, as an organization we have always fought for women who are being exploited through human trafficking, pornography, or abortion. We have also fought for educational opportunities for women. The Fairness in Women’s Sports bill joins these efforts as the radical Left and the NCAA continue the exploitation of women by coming after our girls’ opportunities.

The current NCAA & KSSHA policies cited by the opponents of the Fairness bill offer no protection for girls’ sports and are instead the problem. These policies expose our girls to the loss of opportunities. They demand complete surrender to their edicts and sell out our girls for a couple competitions. Our girls deserve better. We won’t give up on our girls. We will keep fighting for them.

Contact your legislators!

It’s easy on our action center. Together we can override Gov. Kelly’s discriminatory veto.

Kansas girls deserve better,

Brittany Jones, Esq.
Director of Advocacy

 

P.S. If you would like to financially join us in fighting for girls sports, babies in the womb, mother’s experiencing pregnancies, educational opportunities for all our kids, and many other things, please consider a financial donation.

Kansas is one step closer to ensuring that women can compete on a level playing field. Yesterday, Kansas became the fifth state in which the legislature has ensured that girls opportunities in sports will be protected through the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act. The Senate passed the bill 26-11. The House passed the bill 75-44 in a late-night vote Thursday.

The bill is headed to the Governor’s desk. The Governor should sign this bill into law and ensure that women’s opportunities do not evaporate.

But she needs to hear from you! It’s easy on our action center.

Senator Renee Erickson and Representative Barb Wasinger powerfully stood for girls on the floor. They were joined by grandparents, parents, and former student athletes all spoke about how important this law is for our girls.

We cannot sit idly by and let opportunities for our girls be erased. In fact, a bill that re-enforces that girls will have a place in Kansas should draw women to Kansas as a place to run a business and raise their families.

Governor Kelly has not been known to be a pro-family governor, but this bill has support from Democrats and radical feminists across the country.

Ask her to support our girls today!

For a fair playing field,

Brittany Jones, Esq.
Director of Advocacy

It looks like the 2020 legislative session took its final bow last week. Legislators came back for two days to discuss a COVID relief bill that is very similar to the bill Governor Kelly vetoed just two weeks ago.

The notable differences were that the bill extends the governor’s powers until September 15th with oversight from the State Finance Council (a committee chaired by the governor), allows counties more latitude in the decisions they make, does not allow the Governor to close businesses unilaterally, protects Kansans from forcibly being involved in contact tracing, and allows some oversight in how the governor can use federal dollars. The legislators I spoke with were not totally satisfied with the bill that passed, but recognized that it was a necessary bill that did allow us to control some of the governor’s actions.

There was a move in the House to insert Medicaid expansion into the COVID-19 Relief bill by Rep. Jim Ward (D-Wichita). When the amendment was ruled not germane to the bill, Rep. Ward challenged the ruling. Thankfully, his challenge was roundly rejected by a majority of legislators. All but one Republican voted to sustain the decision of the Rules Committee against the amendment.

This session will almost certainly go down in the record books as one of the oddest in Kansas history. It started out with two main topics – Value Them Both and Medicaid expansion. In the end, neither measure was passed, largely because the worst of COVID-19 occurred right when most of the legislative work usually gets done in March.

We are thankful for all those in the House and Senate who fought so hard to pass Value Them Both early in session. We are especially appreciative for the dedicated work of Senators Susan Wagle and Eric Rucker who carried the bill in the Senate and Representatives Susan Humphries, Renee Erickson, and Susan Concannon who carried the bill on the floor in the House. House Speaker Ron Ryckman and House Majority Leader Dan Hawkins were an indispensable part of our work on the bill this year. We look forward to working with them next year to pass Value Them Both, to provide women with basic protections.

We would like to take a moment to honor the work of Senate President Susan Wagle who has been a stalwart defender of life over the last 25 years. Most recently she carried Value Them Both on the Senate floor and was key to the passage of the Amendment in the Senate. We thank her for her commitment to life in Kansas. Even though she will no longer be working with us in the Senate, we look forward to her continued involvement in the movement to protect life.

As an organization, this session is one that did not turn out like we had planned, but we are excited about turning our focus towards elections and next legislative session. Further, we know that this is not the end of the amendment but is only the first round. We look forward to coming back next session with a legislature that is even more committed to life.

We eagerly anticipate continuing to work with you over the next several months to elect men and women who will defend life, the family, and religious freedom.

For Kansas,

Brittany Jones, Esq.
Director of Advocacy

Just when we all thought legislative session was over, it has reared its head again. Well technically it’s a new session known as a special session. But I’ve jumped to the end of the story.

On May 21st, the legislature returned for a one-day session to conclude the legislative year.  Both chambers went into session at 8 am. We knew that it would be a long day, but because the House is required by their own rules to be done by midnight, we all thought we would be done by then. It turns out we were wrong.

The House wound up suspending their midnight rule and extended their session until 8 AM the next morning. The legislature passed their COVID Relief Bill at 7:54 AM. That’s right, we were in the Capitol for 24 straight hours.

During this all-day session, the legislature worked to pass a bill to place limits on the Governor’s emergency powers and protect the medical and business communities from liability based on actions they have taken to contain the spread of COVID-19. There was also an attempt by Sen. Dinah Sykes to hijack a cable bill and insert Medicaid expansion.

As we have been talking about, without the Value Them Both Amendment, any vote for Medicaid expansion is a vote to allow taxpayer funded abortion. Thankfully, many of our senators stood strong and voted against allowing this bill to be amended. Click here to see how your Senator voted. Ultimately, the amendment failed and showed just how weak the desire for Medicaid expansion is in the Senate.

Then this week, Governor Kelly vetoed the legislature’s relief bill and called the legislature back into a special session next week. She then issued a new emergency declaration, despite many questioning her legal authority to do so. Either way, this new declaration will expire on June 10th.

There is still a lot of discussion about how a special session will play out, and we will update you as we know more.

One thing of note is that every bill that had been working its way through the legislature the last two years is now officially dead. A special session will require every bill to start from scratch – meaning all legislation will have to be reintroduced and go through the committee process.

This means that Medicaid expansion could be brought up again. Please take time today to remind your legislators to vote against taxpayer funded abortion.

As I have said many times over the last several weeks, continue to be in prayer for all those charged with leading during this time. These are important days and will have great consequences for the future of our economy, our legislature, our families, and our state as a whole. Pray that they will lead with wisdom and discernment.

For Kansas,

Brittany Jones, Esq.
Director of Advocacy

As we get near the potential end of the stay-at-home order in Kansas (though the exact date seems to be up for debate), everyone has a different idea of how we move forward at this point. I won’t claim to know the best answers across the board. What I do know is that we need to move forward in grace and wisdom. One of the verses that has been most meaningful is when Judah cried out to the Lord in 2 Chronicles 2:12 “We don’t know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”

Some of you may be feeling this way (I know I’ve at least had moments). This is a season where we are all having to learn to walk and chew gum. We can’t keep the economy almost entirely shut down forever, nor should we rush to open it back up too quickly putting strain on our healthcare workers and vulnerable populations especially.

We need to continue to pray for all of our leaders, yes even the ones we disagree with, and all those on the frontlines. So many people are struggling right now whether physically, financially, emotionally, etc. We need to be reminded daily from where our true source of strength and hope comes by looking up and fixing our eyes on Christ.

Some updates on the religious freedom front:

However, our Governor has not done a very good job of balancing competing interest during this crisis as illustrated by a recent court opinion.  Many thoughtful legal thinkers and others had already concluded Governor Kelly overstepped with her 11th hour executive order effectively forcing the closure of churches in the days before Easter. And now a federal judge has agreed.

Last week two churches, which had implemented fairly strict social distancing and hygiene requirements, sued in federal court claiming that the Governor’s executive order violated their religious freedom rights. Late Saturday night, Tenth Circuit Judge John Broomes agreed.

He rebuked Governor Kelly for blatantly targeting religion in an executive order banning church gatherings of more than 10 people just days before Easter Sunday and he granted a request for a temporary restraining order for the churches. The temporary restraining order prohibits Governor Kelly from enforcing her order against the two churches involved in the lawsuit. It also requires the churches follow very stringent social distancing requirements any time they meet.

But Governor Kelly is not backing down and has continued to threaten churches with criminal penalties. The Governor is targeting church leaders and asking them to sign on to her agenda after the fact. It appears that the Lt. Gov. has even asked some pastors to sign an affidavit which effectively said they were ok with the Governor taking away their church members’ rights.

Throughout this process, Governor Kelly has shown how little respect she has for the religious beliefs of Kansans. In recent weeks she compared religion to KU basketball saying that she has just as much right and authority to restrict both of them. However, legally she doesn’t. As much as we love KU basketball it is a government funded program and not protected by our U.S. Constitution or any state statute.

The freedom of religion is a God given right, protected by the First Amendment to the US Constitution and the Kansas Preservation of Religious Freedom Act. Just this week, on a national conference call with faith leaders, US Attorney Barr noted that government can’t put special burdens on religious communities. There is a pretty high bar for interfering with this right, especially under our state’s law, as Judge Broomes has eloquently pointed out.

There was another hearing on this matter this Thursday and I anticipate that the judge’s decision will be announced very soon.

This is a threat to religious liberty that every Kansan should take seriously. We commend Attorney General Schmidt, legislative leadership, the attorneys on this case, and Judge Broomes for recognizing that the Governor’s order was, and is, targeting all people of faith and must be stopped. The law is pretty clear on this point.

Not everyone reading this letter will agree with the outcome of the Court’s decision and that’s ok. Just like in any other time, we need to be respectful of those who have different opinions and beliefs. That ability to disagree well is a beautiful gift that we have in United States. Use that gift wisely.

Eyes on Him,

Brittany Jones, Esq
Advocacy Director

With the closing of abortion facilities across the country because of COVID-19, Kansas abortion clinics are seeing an increase in out of state traffic. Even as Governor Kelly has issued a statewide stay-at-home order and many are discouraging interstate travel, the abortion clinics around our state have refused to shut down and Governor Kelly has said that the abortion industry is exempt from her order.

Now, the Trust Women clinic in Wichita is advertising its services as a destination abortion clinic.

It is unacceptable that abortions are being allowed to happen in our state as other freedoms are being restricted. Why does the abortion industry get a pass here?

Many governors across the country have already required all medical facilities to cease nonessential operations in order to preserve medical resources and to slow the spread of the virus. And several governors have ensured that this applies to the abortion industry.

Yet, in our state the abortion industry is alive and business is booming.

This must be stopped – let the Governor and other government leaders know that allowing abortions to continue in our state during this time is completely unacceptable. It is important that we preserve scarce medical resources for those whose lives are on the line during this crisis. It only takes a moment to send a quick note from our action center.

For life,

Brittany Jones, Esq
Director of Advocacy

Friends,

Your action is needed TODAY. Even if you have never contacted your elected representative before, we need you to call them. The Kansas House of Representatives failed to pass the Abortion Pill Reversal bill veto override today by ONE vote.

This law would simply ensure that women seeking a chemical abortion have access to information letting them know that it may be possible to reverse a chemical abortion once they have taken the first abortion pill but before they take the second.

Please call your Kansas House of Representatives member today and ask them to reconsider this vote tomorrow morning and to vote to override the Governor’s veto.

You can find your representative’s number in our action center – simply enter your zip code and/or address and click on the Kansas Tab to find the contact information you need.

The Senate’s first course of action today was to override the veto. Now, we need the House to vote again tomorrow to override the governor’s veto so that women have access to information that they can reverse their chemical abortion.

In the fight for life,

Brittany Jones
Director of Advocacy