Trust Women is gravely disappointed that the Kansas Legislature and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) have chosen to spend precious time this year, once again, snooping into the private lives of pregnant women.
What Kansans need during this Legislative Session are policies that will stimulate the economy, along with sound public education standards, so that families can prosper in their own communities.
“Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline used his office to collect sexual histories of women and girls and then turned them over to right-wing TV talk show producers,” said Julie Burkhart, Executive Director of Trust Women. “He was grandstanding at the expense of privacy. The people of Kansas spoke in 2006 and ousted Kline by a 16 point margin; constituents do not support medical privacy violations.”
“Now, the Legislature and the new KDHE Secretary want to try the same thing all over again,” continued Burkhart.
“If the Legislature and the Secretary of KDHE want to help enhance the lives of pregnant women, Trust Women calls on them to implement policies so that all women have access to quality health care, access to quality prenatal care and equal access to contraception. Policing the lives of pregnant women is unacceptable and misguided.”