The two largest pro-life organizations in Kansas are merging. Wichita-based Kansans for Life (KFL), the state’s largest pro-life group, will officially merge with its Kansas City Regional Affiliate, KCKFL. Kansans for Life is an advocacy and educational organization dedicated to protecting and defending the right to life of all innocent humans from the moment of conception to natural death. The organization states they “strive to protect the preborn and their mothers, the medically fragile and the elderly.”
For decades the organizations have worked in concert with each other and will now have a single Board of Directors. Peter Northcott will be the organization’s Executive Director and Mary Kay Culp is taking on the role of Consulting Executive Director.
“I am honored to stand on the shoulders of many pro-life heroes like Mary Kay Culp, KFL President Mary Wilkinson, Kathy Ostrowski, Karin Capron and the late David Gittrich, who have fought tirelessly for the most vulnerable in our state,” said Peter Northcott, KFL Executive Director. “With every limit on the abortion industry in danger of being removed, KFL will continue to mobilize in the defense of both mothers and babies.”
As Executive Director, Northcott will oversee the statewide organization. He has previously served as KFL’s Director of Operations and Outreach and has extensive experience in grassroots mobilization and government affairs.
“For many years Kansans for Life and its KC Regional Affiliate have worked closely together yet were technically separate organizations,” stated Mary Kay Culp. “This will help us streamline operations as we continue to take on the abortion industry, pass the needed Value Them Both Amendment and carry on the mission of saving countless lives. Peter is the right person for the job and the future is bright for the pro-life movement in Kansas.”
Over the last few decades, Culp has become one of the most recognizable advocates in Kansas. She has served as Executive Director for both the KFL and KC Regional Affiliate. Her new role as Consulting Executive Director includes a wide range of responsibilities that include development, mentoring the incoming Executive Director and helping to oversee strategies that grow the organization while ensuring it adheres to its core values.
Though the merger will take a few months to officially complete, these key role changes and other major unification steps began on January 1st, 2021.