Kansas Outlaws Abortion! Is AZ Next?by Jim Gressinger on Jun. 23, 2011, under Abortion, AZ Politics, Ethics, Faith, Mormanism
Read the following from ThinkProgress. And then I will have a few relevant comments. And then you can comment.
By Tanya Somanader on Jun 22, 2011 at 8:30 pm
Last month, Republican lawmakers successfully passed an anti-choice bill requiring the state’s only three abortion clinics to be inspected twice a year, including one unannounced review. Under the new licensing standards, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment will create new standards for exits, lighting, bathrooms, and equipment and would have “the power to fine clinics” or “go to court to shut them down.” The law specifically targets abortion clinics and left other surgical clinics untouched by the new requirements — a fact that moved state Senate Majority Leader Jay Emler (R) to note the hypocrisy and vote against his party. However, the law passed in May and demands compliance by July 1.
Kansas Health Department inspectors began reviewing a Planned Parenthood clinic Wednesday “ahead of a decision by [the] health department on whether the state’s three abortion clinics will be allowed to continue operating” and receive licenses. Given the level of new requirements and the short time-period in which clinics have to comply, anti-choice advocates are confident that the clinics will close and Kansas will be “the first abortion-free state in the nation“:
“We have doubts that any of the abortion clinics can meet the safety requirements of the new law,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “If they cannot comply, all three abortion clinics would be forced to cease abortion operations, making Kansas the first abortion-free state in the nation.”
If Kansas’ law succeeds in shutting down the state’s abortion clinics, that would be nothing less than a direct attack on the Constitution. In Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the Supreme Court held that states may enact some abortion regulations, but they may not “strike at the right itself” to terminate a pregnancy. A law specifically designed to make it impossible to operate abortion clinics is a direct attack on women’s constitutional right to choose.
Given the persistent anti-choice motivations of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) and the state Legislature, Planned Parenthood of Kansas fears “none of the three clinics will get licensed, forcing them to shut down July 1.” Kansas’ Aid for Women clinic administrator Jeff Pederson said the clinic “will be forced to spend $10,000 immediately on a new exit mandated by the law.” He also notes the law’s requirement that physicians at a clinic have privileges with a hospital within 30 miles is “problematic because anti-abortion groups pressure hospitals into revoking or not granting such privileges.”
As another state Republican who opposed the law pointed out, the law is also going to cost Kansas taxpayers an “absurd” amount of money: $67,000 a year to do six inspections at three clinics. “I’d like to know where I can apply for that job,” he quipped. Of course, anti-choice activists insist that any amount of taxpayer funds is appropriate to end a woman’s constitutional right, not protect it. As anti-choice activist Newman notes, that is his definitive goal. “We certainly believe there is no such thing as a ‘safe’ abortion clinic,” he said. “The best way to protect women is to close the abortion clinics.”
OK, here goes. Beginning in July, abortion in Kansas will be, for all practical purposes, illegal. Can Arizona, with its fundamentalist legislature, be far behind? Cathi Herrod, president of the powerful Center for Arizona Policy, and her lawyers will argue in court tomorrow for similar restraints on women’s legal right to an abortion in Arizona. If they loose, they will blame “liberal activist judges”. If they win, they will claim “God is on our side”. Primitive, ignorant, superstitious people.
CAP and its supporters call themselves “pro-life”. This is a lie. Pro-life is in reality pro-misery & death. Outlawing abortion will not stop abortions. It will only drive the procedure underground where women’s lives will be threatened. I have lived long enough to know about the horrors of back alley abortions.
Cathi Harrod and the misguided, superstitious supporters of CAP claim they are pro-women and pro-family. What is pro-women and pro-family about forcing pregnant women to have children they don’t want and can’t properly care for? What is pro-women and pro-family about forcibly preventing desperate pregnant women from decide for themselves what is best for themselves and their families? Nothing!!! Cathi Harrod and her supporters are disgusting religious extremists who want to force our pluralistic society back into the Dark Ages, just like Osama bin Laden and the Taliban.
All this misery and death is a result of a lie; the outrageous lie that a human embryo and fetus is a baby – an actual person with the right to life. This is crap! These sadists claim that their god is against abortion because the Bible espouses a principle they call “sanctity of life”.
Anyone who reads the Bible knows or could easily know that the god of the Bible is a monster: vain, capricious, unjust in the extreme; a mass murderer, and promoter of genocide. The god of the Bible couldn’t care less about human life. Think Haiti (earthquake). Think Joplin, MO (tornado). ETC.
And it wouldn’t matter anyway what the god of the Bible wants or thinks because it is no more real than the Greek, Roman, and Viking gods known as Zeus, Jupiter, and Thor. Do I actually have to explain this to adults? There is not Santa Claus. There is no Zeus. And there is no god of the Bible. Grow up!
What Herrod and CAP want is control. They want to force their fantasy worldview and primitive Bible morality on the rest of us through law and public policy. Their rigid Christian fundamentalism blinds them from a simple truth: a human embryo and fetus is a potential person, not an actual person. Thus, abortion is not in any way homicide.
If you will not actively oppose these religious extremists, you are a part of the problem of human suffering and injustice. Can I be any more clear? jg