Due to COVID-19 and security concerns, the previously scheduled Rally and March for Life at the Kansas Capitol on January 21 has been postponed until later in the spring, according to Kansans For Life.
Kansans for Life is encouraging all pro-life Kansans to spend some time on January 21 in prayer for both mothers and their preborn babies.
More details on the rescheduled event will be released in the coming weeks. The event commemorates the anniversary of the Roe V. Wade decision that legalized abortion. Since that day in 1973, over 65 million babies have been aborted in the United States.
“On April 26, 2019, the Kansas Supreme Court took power from voters and found – created – a nearly unlimited ‘right to abortion’ in our 1859 State Constitution,” stated Mary Kay Culp, Director of KFL. Prior to this ruling, through widely supported limitations, Kansas abortion rates had been reduced by 43 percent since 1999 and partial birth abortions had been completely banned.
“Essentially, women and their preborn babies have now been abandoned to an unregulated abortion industry,” Culp says.
This year, much attention will be placed on passing the “Value them both amendment” to the State Constitution in the Kansas legislature and then by Kansas voters, Culp said.
Because of the Kansas Supreme Court’s April 26, 2019, ruling, existing bans on late-term and taxpayer-funded abortions are now in danger of being rendered unenforceable. Furthermore, the ruling allows violent live dismemberment abortions to continue and threatens these lifesaving limits:
- Parental consent for minors seeking abortion
- Informed consent, alerting women to potential health risks
- 24-hour waiting period
- Abortion clinic sanitation and safety standards
To do this, the pro-life community will need the support of a two-thirds majority in both the Kansas House and Senate. From there, voters will weigh in at the ballot box. A simple majority of votes is all that’s necessary once the amendment is on the ballot.
Kansans for Life and like-minded organizations are working to pass the amendment to the Kansas Constitution, and are encouraging Kansans to continue to contact legislators and urge them to support the Value Them Both Amendment without changes and to place it on the August 2022 election ballot.
–Lee Hartman | Metro Voice