Katha Pollitt, a writer for The Nation, examined anti-choice Kansas gubernatorial candidate Josh Svaty in a story headlined “Hey, Democratic Candidates: Pro-Choice Women Are Your Base.”
The piece explores how the Democratic party has been running anti-choice candidates even though reproductive rights and access to abortion care are part of the party’s platform.
Trust Women Foundation’s July 2017 newsletter is out.
Our Wichita clinic has updated its 24-hour consent forms to comply with a Kansas law requiring clinics such as ours to disclose prejudicial information about our providers. Anti-choice laws like Senate Bill 83, which went into effect Saturday, force Trust Women to spend money on legal fees and invest our time in ways that do not help women or their families. The type of information our clinic now must make available before a woman can see us for abortion care — such as whether a physician has hospital privileges within a 30-mile radius or lives in Kansas — is not required for doctors who provide any other type of health care. Many hospitals will not grant privileges for physicians who provide abortion care because of politics, and lawmakers and the antis know this. So dictating that our clinic divulge whether a doctor has hospital privileges is just one more way to unfairly stigmatize the providers who sacrifice so much to serve our patients. A TRAP (Targeted Regulation Against Abortion Providers) law requiring that our physicians have hospital privileges is enjoined in Kansas.
Kansas doesn’t need the Midwestern version of Donald Trump as governor. Kris Kobach, who announced his candidacy last week, is not only anti-choice, against same-sex marriage but also the architect behind an anti-immigrant movement that hatefully seeks to turn back the rich history of America as a melting pot.
Kobach is no friend to women, the LGBTQIA community or Kansas families just trying to make a better life in the United States.
As Kansas Secretary of State, he’s also not been a good steward of taxpayers’ money, using state-owned aircraft for jaunts to other states to promote voter suppression laws.
Kansans for Life’s PAC has previously endorsed Kobach as a candidate. Women in this state deserve a governor who respects their rights.
We’ve been eager for a kinder Kansas. That won’t happen under Kobach.
We’ve updated our 2017 Kansas and Oklahoma legislative voting records. If you have any questions, please reach out to Tamber Hepner, our director of advocacy and outreach, at 316-425-3215 or firstname.lastname@example.org.