By Kathy Ostrowski, Legislative Director, Kansans for Life
Planned Parenthood of Kansas & Mid-Missouri is the only one of Kansas’ four abortion clinics not in compliance with a state weblink requirement that went into effect April 24.
PPKMM had unsuccessfully sued last year to block a nearly identical abortion informed consent provision.
The 2013 Pro-Life Protections Act had required Kansas abortion business to place –on their website homepage– a one-click link to materials prepared by the Kansas Health Department identified as “objective, nonjudgmental, scientifically accurate.”
On April 24, a new law, Senate Bill 54, continues the weblink mandate but trimmed the four word identifier from the tagline. The required tagline now reads:
“The Kansas Department of Health and Environment maintains a website containing information about the development of the unborn child, as well as video of sonogram images of the unborn child at various stages of development. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s website can be reached by clicking here www.womansrighttoknow.org”
Eleven months ago, PPKMM filed suit in the court of federal Judge Kathyrn Vratil. They objected to the requirement for a live link with tagline as “compelled speech” that violated the First Amendment and asked for an injunction..
Judge Vratil did not issue the injunction, noting the weblink had been already enjoined in state court for another abortion business, the Center for Women’s Health. Vratil ordered that she be apprised of any action involving the state injunction.
However that state court injunction was officially dissolved last Friday, and PPKMM knew it was in the works with the signing of Senate Bill 54 last month. PPKMM should have been prepared to comply or petition for a new injunction—and they have done neither, as of press time today, Wednesday.
Attorneys for the Kansas Attorney General had defended the weblink as a regulation of commercial speech, which courts require to be proportionate to the state interests it advances. The “free speech” of the abortionist is still allowed free reign to critique, or even mock the link, which two did.
Here are two current examples of abortionist-added editorial content that immediately precede the weblink tagline.
The Aid for Women clinic—notorious for its churlish postings on their abortion clinic website, prefaces the weblink with this:
We are being forced by Republicans to use our website resources to say untruthful things about the State’s proLife website in hopes that you will visit their website and change your mind away from abortion. We must have this signage or go to jail. Republicans also don’t believe that rape causes pregnancy, nor ever too many children. They are stupid. Let’s vote them out of office. However, here goes..
The Center for Women’s Health in Overland Park prefaces the weblink with this:
WE ARE REQUIRED BY THE STATE OF KANSAS TO SAY THIS, WHICH DOES NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT CURRENT MEDICAL OPINION; OR, OUR OPINION: