Our reproductive rights have never been in more jeopardy in the Kansas State Legislature than they are today. House Bill 2035 threatens our privacy and our access to reproductive health care. Here is an outline of the negative affects it will have on women and their families. Please contact your legislator and ask them to Vote NO.
HB 2035 is a direct attack on pregnant women—women facing difficult pregnancies or minors in unstable living situations.
HB 2035 threatens teen safety. The provision of the 2-parent parental consent is unnecessary. Not all young women in Kansas live in stable home situations that would allow for safe compliance should HB 2035 become the law.
Spending valuable time passing restrictions that police pregnant women is neither in the best interest of Kansas women and families nor fiscally sound.
Most women seeking abortions are already mothers. This law would risk the privacy of Kansas women and their families by extending access to Kansas Department of Health and Environment abortion records to county and district prosecutors. Kansas saw what happened the last time a zealot in office gained access to the private medical files of Kansas women. The Attorney General’s office currently has standing to ask for records, but we don’t need to turn all of the county and district attorneys loose to conduct their own inquisitions.
HB 2035 is merely another scare tactic to continue to diminish the rights of Kansas women to access abortion care.
This bill opens the door to civil litigation of physicians providing abortions, creating yet another obstacle for physicians. Not only the Attorney General, but also all county and district prosecutors would have the ability to pry into the private lives of Kansas women and their families. HB 2035 would allow for all types of people to file suits on the woman’s behalf, wreaking havoc on the judicial system and compromising medical privacy by permitting too many prosecutors access to sensitive medical records.
This legislation is scheduled to be heard on the floor of the House this week, so your action is needed immediately. Please contact your legislator and ask them to VOTE NO ON HB 2035.