By Kathy Ostrowski, Legislative Director, Kansans for Life
Pro-life Gov. Sam Brownback, with a backdrop of 40 pro-life legislators at Kansans for Life’s annual Rally for Life, said he was anxious to sign the newly proposed “Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act.” The bill is the number one legislative priority for Kansans for Life.
Approximately 1,500 rally attendees at the January 22 rally welcomed the news, having marched one-half mile together to the Capitol in Topeka with a variety of pro-life posters and banners, including the newest sign, ‘Stop dismembering unborn babies.’
The crowd was dominated by students, who came from as far away as Hays, Dodge City, Great Bend, Wichita, Leavenworth, Pittsburg, and Kansas City.
Simultaneous with the Rally for Life, President Barack Obama was speaking at the University of Kansas (KU) in Lawrence. Gage Shirley, part of Rally attendees from the St. Lawrence Catholic Center at KU, told KSNT News reporter, Tyler Carter, “Regardless of him being at our campus or not, we are still coming on the anniversary of Roe v Wade to be fighting for the right to life for the unborn.”
Also speaking at the Rally was Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, urging protection for unborn children targeted for abortion because they have been diagnosed in the womb with grave medical disabilities. Dr. Colyer is a plastic surgeon who has used his medical skills to correct many different physical disfigurements. Despite the existence of medical challenges in the womb or at the end of life, Dr. Colyer said, ”we need to tell the world that life rocks,” and he led the crowd in rousing chants of, “Life rocks, Life rocks!”
State Sen. Garrett Love addressed the Rally as lead sponsor of the new bill that would protect unborn children from the brutality of dismemberment abortion. He was introduced as having the title of the youngest Kansan ever elected to the state Senate, but he said his favorite title now is that of ‘dad’.
He recounted viewing 11-week and 18-week ultrasounds of his new daughter, Abigail, and seeing her fingers and toes and how she was so active even then.
Dismemberment abortions are the standard method of abortion between 13-22 weeks gestation in Kansas. 578 such abortions were recorded as performed in this state in 2013.
Sen. Love told attendees, “Protecting the most defenseless among us has always been a passion for me, and dismemberment is a particularly gruesome type of abortion.”
The Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act will be formally introduced this week with numerous cosponsors.