It’s summertime. The legislative session is finished for 2021, and you may wonder what our organization does during the “off season.”
When we aren’t lobbying for your family, faith, and religious liberties, we’re busy preparing for the next year.
This looks like meeting with members of the state legislature, assessing which battles are the most important to prepare for and take on, and building relationships with the people who can help us defend your values and freedoms.
But this summer, we’re also working on something special.
We’re not quite ready to share all the details yet, but we think you’re going to love it!
Watch for an email next week with more information about some exciting updates we’ve been quietly working on.
We can’t wait to share our news with you and hear what you think!
Until then, thanks for your continued support and encouragement in the work we’re doing. It’s our honor and privilege to serve you and your family in Kansas.
Director of Advocacy
Church Outreach Director
I never pass up a chance to quote the Princess Bride. Never has this phrase been more applicable than in the case of the Wichita City Council’s discussion of a sexual orientation and gender identity nondiscrimination ordinance.
On Tuesday July 13th, the Council voted 5-2 to delay discussing the ordinance for 90 days. This will give everyone in the community time to research the implications of this expansive ordinance. It is very important given that it wasn’t even clear which version of the ordinance the City Council was voting on, and several of the council members did not seem to understand the extensive impact of the public accommodation section of the ordinance.
Mayor Brandon Whipple has claimed that no one opposing the ordinance brought real problems with the actual wording of the ordinance. This is an absolute reinterpretation of events. In fact, there were several legitimate concerns expressed. The most repeated one, was how incredibly narrow the religious exemptions are. These exemptions would require a court to examine the inner workings of a church and dictate its behavior; things that courts generally refuse to do but that Mayor Brandon Whipple seems more than happy to do.
Further, as it is written, the ordinance does absolutely nothing to protect a business owner from allegations of discrimination. No matter how kind and reasonable he might be. Under this ordinance, allegations of discrimination could result in large fines, years of litigation, or ‘re-education’ by the City of Wichita.
Throughout the consideration of this ordinance, the mayor has portrayed his motives as pure while at the same time, turning this debate in to a personal matter first by attacking fellow councilmembers for opting to slow down the process on this proposal. Second, by claiming that Family Policy Alliance of Kansas only opposes the ordinance because we are we are using it as a fundraising opportunity. Yet, he has done these things while also using the issue for political gamesmanship, political gain and political fundraising (for his own campaign).
The majority of you reading this email don’t live in Wichita so you may feel like this doesn’t affect you. But it does. Activists have already pushed this through city councils in many of Kansas’ larger cities over the objections of the citizens who live there. They are pushing for similar language at the state level as well. So, if you haven’t seen it in your community – you likely will.
It is very important that we understand what this redefinition and reorientation of our nondiscrimination laws mean for everyday Kansans. If you want to read more, you can reference several articles we wrote several years ago. We can’t allow activist to redefine the terms or be asleep when they try.
It’s time to step up Kansans!
Brittany Jones, Esq.
Director of Advocacy
Patrick has set himself apart by his consistent dedication to servant leadership, his Christian faith, and his integrity. He strongly believes in the dignity and value of every human life from cradle to grave and has fought to protect it. His biblical worldview is not limited to the issue of life but permeates his entire life.
Because of this we are proud to announce our endorsement of Patrick Penn for House District 85.
Patrick does not just believe in the values we hold dear; he has lived them out. As a former foster child, he recognizes how important it is to protect the religious liberty of foster families and adoption agencies.
As a business owner and fellow Wichitan, his dedication to raising his family in and growing our community are inspiring. He is a committed family man, with four children, so he understands how important it is to provide our kids with the best educational and career opportunities.
Patrick has served his country overseas in the United States Army. We believe that he will bring this same fighting spirit to protect your God-given freedoms. These skills and experiences uniquely position him to be to be a bridge builder and a difference maker in Topeka.
Patrick is the candidate who has the dedication to House District 85 that will represent you well in Topeka, the clear ability to not just vote for—but to champion—your values at the Capitol, and the servant leadership to build the team it will take to address the challenges facing our great state.
Allow me to introduce myself. As you may have read in Paul’s email last week, I will be serving as the Director of Advocacy for Family Policy Alliance of Kansas. In my role, I will be working with our elected officials in Topeka to create good laws (and oppose bad ones) with the goal of ensuring Kansas is a state where God is honored, religious liberty flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished. At Family Policy Alliance, I have served as a Policy Manager focusing on the issues of religious freedom, life, education, and pornography, and I am well-aware of the opportunities ahead of us.
As I learn more about Kansas, one thing that has impressed me is the state’s great legacy of protecting life at all stages of development. However, there are activist judges who are seeking to undermine some of your hard-won pro-life victories.
Just before the end of 2018, a district judge held that banning webcam abortions in the Kansas Telemedicine Act violated a “woman’s right to choose”. The bill was meant to protect women’s health by ensuring that they are seen by a doctor who is in the room with them and able to handle any emergencies that may arise.
The judge made his decision because he believes the law unduly burdens a woman’s ability to get an abortion. However, the government has a very good reason for passing and enforcing laws like ban on telemedicine abortions – because women’s lives and health are put at risk.
Telemedicine is also known as webcam medicine because it is practiced remotely by a doctor who is not in the same room with the patient. During a webcam abortion an abortionists can prescribe the abortion pill to a woman without ever seeing her in person or even being in the same state.
While telemedicine can be useful for certain medical issues, abortion should certainly not occur without a medical professional talking to and examining the woman because of the complex legal and mental health issues inherent in abortion.
From a legal perspective, Kansas law places many restrictions on abortion, such as not allowing them to occur after 20 weeks. Further, a woman cannot be forced to have an abortion and it is the medical staff’s duty to ensure that she is not being forced to have an abortion. These sorts of restrictions impact telemedicine because without a doctor being in the room it is difficult to know with certainty how far along the woman is or if she is being coerced.
From a safety perspective, abortions are inherently dangerous. And the farther along a woman is in her pregnancy the more dangerous they become. If a doctor is unable to correctly determine how far along a woman is, taking the pill could create an incredibly dangerous situation for the mother. Not having a doctor in the room could make it even harder to prevent this and ensure the safety of the woman.
For now, the law passed last year will not go into effect. There will likely be an appeal to this judge’s decision. Even as we work throughout this legislative session to protect life, we will keep you updated as this case moves forward. As we prepare for the coming legislative session, I look forward to working with all of you to continue to build a Kansas where life is cherished.
Proud to fight with you,