It has been a busy week at the Supreme Court. This week we will look at how the Court has allowed women to be subjected to substandard care in June Medical Services v. Russo, a challenge to Louisiana’s admitting privileges laws.
In June Medical, the Supreme Court struck down a law designed to protect women by requiring an abortionist at least have hospital admitting privileges. However, the Court essentially said this was too high of a burden to place on an abortionist and that the law did not provide any real benefit. This is similar to a law enacted in Kansas in 2011 that has been enjoined since that time.
Justice Alito aptly stated that this week’s “decision claims new victims.”
It did indeed. In Kansas we know the reality of women whose lives have been claimed by the abortion industry all too well.
There are real women in Kansas who have not received proper care during or after an abortion. Women have suffocated and died during an abortion. Women whose lives have been permanently changed because of infections following a botched abortion. Women who have suffered through weeks of blood loss that required surgery. And sadly, these are just some of the stories we know about.
These are women who could have been helped by common sense laws like admitting privilege requirements.
The U.S. Supreme Court this week refused to value the life of mothers or babies. It is up to us, through our elected representatives, to continue to fight to pass laws that value both mothers and babies. As we do so, we change our culture and we build a testimony not just for the Court, but for those that come after us that these lives are valuable and should not be sidelined but should be cherished.
We already know we cannot count on our Kansas Supreme Court to protect mothers or babies. In the Hodes decisions of 2019 they removed our ability to enforce even the most basic regulations on abortion industry. This is something that we are working to change through the Value Them Both amendment.
The Court doesn’t get the final word on these questions. We will continue to work to protect life in our state and our nation!
For mothers and babies,
Brittany Jones, Esq.
Director of Advocacy
You may have heard recently of an increased discussion about the connection between taxpayer-funded abortions and Medicaid Expansion. While some around the state Capitol in Topeka have claimed there isn’t a connection, there absolutely is. It’s something I’ve been talking about for months. Because of recent court rulings, passing the Value Them Both Amendment is absolutely necessary before any movement on Medicaid expansion can even be considered.
How could this happen? Aren’t there federal and state laws that prevent our tax dollars from funding abortion?
While it is true that the Hyde Amendment, a line that has been in every federal budget since 1976, does not allow federal Medicaid dollars to be used for abortions except in the case of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother, it does nothing to protect state dollars from being used to fund abortion. Fortunately, Kansas also passed a law that applies similar restrictions to safeguard all our state dollars from funding abortion.
This law is however under grave threat from our Supreme Court. In last year’s Hodes & Nauser decision, the Court indicated by the nature of its ruling that this is the very type of law that would be struck down under the Court’s newly created constitutional right to abortion. We could lose this most basic safeguard that protects the conscience rights of every Kansan.
Even recent attempts by lawmakers to again codify the ban on taxpayer-funded abortion in Medicaid expansion are ultimately meaningless without Value Them Both given the Court’s reckless decree that abortion is a Constitutional right in Kansas.
There are already eight other states whose courts have required that they pay for abortions through Medicaid. In the two years after Alaska expanded Medicaid, the number of abortions paid for by Alaska taxpayers through state Medicaid services shot up 18%
The Value Them Both Constitutional amendment is vital to preserving the ability of the state to prevent Medicaid (and other taxpayer dollars) from funding abortion. The problem of taxpayer-funded abortion is only compounded by adding thousands to the rolls through Medicaid expansion. Bottom line – without passage of the Constitutional amendment, Kansans are one lawsuit away from taxpayer-funded abortion.
When you offer taxpayer-funded (free) abortions to more of the population – it makes sense that demand will go up.
This problem can still be solved with the simple passage of the Value Them Both Amendment so Kansas voters can decide for themselves.
We call on all members in the House and the Senate to pass the Value Them Both Amendment in order to protect all Kansans from being coerced to pay for abortions.
Brittany Jones, Esq.
Director of Advocacy
P.S. If you would like me or another member of our team to speak on this topic in your church or civic group, send me an email!