Kansas can do better than Kris Kobach

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.

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Updated 2017 Kansas and Oklahoma legislative voting records

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 thepner@itrustwomen.org.

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Trust Women Foundation statement on Kansas Senate Bill 83

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Kansas Senate Bill 83, which requires clinics that provide abortion care to disclose medically unnecessary information about physicians, does nothing to help patients and puts doctors at risk, the CEO of Trust Women Foundation says.

“This bill is just another way to stigmatize abortion and target physicians,” said Julie A. Burkhart, founder and CEO of Trust Women, which owns and operates clinics in Wichita and Oklahoma City. “No other type of health care requires such additional disclosures.  SB 83, now on its way to Gov. Sam Brownback, who will surely sign it into law, is discriminatory and will make it easier for anti-choice extremists to harass physicians who provide abortion care in Kansas.

“The information required by the bill is already available through state departments,” Burkhart said. “As with other anti-choice legislation, the real purpose of this bill is to create more bureaucratic red tape for clinics. Lawmakers’ personal and religious beliefs should not be part of health care, which includes abortion care.”

Trust Women Foundation is a 501(c)(3). Trust Women opens clinics that provide abortion care in underserved communities so that all women can make their own decisions about their health care. Trust Women opened Trust Women South Wind Women’s Center in 2013 in Wichita, Kansas, and Trust Women South Wind Women’s Center in 2016 in Oklahoma City.

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Josh Svaty is anti-choice

Josh Svaty, who today announced his bid for governor, has an anti-choice voting record as a former Kansas legislator.

The Democratic Party platform clearly states: “We believe unequivocally, like the majority of Americans, that every woman should have access to quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion — regardless of where she lives, how much money she makes or how much she is insured.”

Mr. Svaty’s voting record conflicts with the Party’s platform, and his anti-choice stance does not represent the majority of Kansans.

Our own canvassing, as well as polling by other organizations, shows that Kansans believe in a woman’s right to abortion care, even if that is not a decision they would make personally. It is troubling, and disappointing, that an anti-choice former legislator now wants to lead our state.

Kansas needs someone in the governor’s office who supports a woman’s constitutional right to abortion care. Kansas needs change after six failed years of leadership under Gov. Sam Brownback — not more of the same.

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