By Dave Andrusko
Editor’s note. The following was distributed by National Right to Life’s affiliate, Kansans for Life. On Wednesday the State Senate passed the House substitute for Senate Bill 36 and the bill now goes to Gov. Sam Brownback. Kansans for Life had already passed HB 2218, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and HB 2035, the Accuracy in Abortion Reporting & Parental Rights Act.
Yesterday, the Kansas Senate voted 24-15 in favor of the abortion licensure bill, aptly carried by state Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook (R). We applaud its long-awaited passage, instituting Court-approved medical protocols and sanitation for abortion businesses.
“Every excuse abortion supporters gave to stop this bill was either lame or a lie,” said Kansans for Life Executive Director Mary Kay Culp. “They accuse us of passing the bill solely to limit access to abortion, when what it actually does is limit access to dangerous abortion clinics that cut corners for profit because the inherent shame of abortion prevents women from filing lawsuits or clamoring for state corrective action.”
The bill also “denies access to dangerous chemical abortions via webcam at the numerous sites across Kansas that were being eyed by Planned Parenthood,” Culp added.
Ultrasound use is now mandated for all abortions. Under the 2009 Kansas Woman’s Right to Know & See provision, the mother must be asked if she wishes to see the ultrasound and receive a hard copy.
Abortionists will now be required to have clinical privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion facility. The facility will renew licensure annually upon completion of an inspection, and will be subject to an unannounced inspection during that calendar year.
H Sub SB 36 prevents abortions by surgery or pills by non- physicians and bans “webcam” abortions where dangerous abortion pills would be dispensed remotely via computer. The number of Kansas abortions by pill continue to rise, (26.8% in 2010) at a rate well above the national average.
The non-reporting of injuries and deaths of women at Kansas abortions was a topic of today’s Senate debate. Sen. Pilcher-Cook remarked that the absence of hard data on abortion injuries exactly proved the need for the bill. H Sub SB 36 will require abortion-licensed facilities to report maternal deaths from abortions to the state health department within one business day, and maternal injuries within 10 calendar days.