By Dave Andrusko
This really does remind you of the old definition of chutzpah: the man who kills his parents and then throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is an orphan.
Virtually every single pro-life measure passed in Kansas (or most anywhere else) is challenged in court by one or another platoon of the pro-abortion legal army. They have legal organizations that either defend abortion as part of their portfolio or challenge pro-life laws as pretty much all they do.
The point is they have plenty of resources and can take states to court and drag out proceedings for years. Guess what? That costs the state defending its duly passed pro-life law a small (or large) fortune.
So we are to supposed to believe that pro-abortionists are genuinely indignant that the Kansas Attorney General has told legislators it could cost up to $450,000 to defend The Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act. Laura McQuade, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, told the Associated Press that Derek Schmidt’s request for funds shows his office is “aware that this bill has constitutional problems.”
Others imply that somehow SB 95 was enacted and then the AG’s office alerted legislators what it would cost to defend the law against the expected legal challenges. In either case, press reports were (surprise, surprise) that pro-abortionists were “considering lawsuits.”
This is so bogus it is almost more than you would expect even from the anti-life crowd. Here are three quick points.
#1. “We [the state of Kansas] wouldn’t have to pay a penny if nobody sued,” said Mary Kay Culp, executive director of Kansans for Life, told the AP. “Let the people of Kansas speak and leave it alone.” This may be supremely obvious to anyone other than the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri but it is important to say it out loud.
#2. The implication is that it’s money down the drain–that like other pro-life laws, The Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act will be overturned. But as Kathy Ostrowski, Kansans for Life’s legislative director, wrote earlier this year, “The truth is, the state has won all lawsuits concluded so far, as well as additional concessions in ongoing litigation!”
Pro-aborts sue, state of Kansas wins in court.
#3. The figure did not suddenly appear out of the blue. The pro-abortion side brought up what defending the law might cost months ago. The cost that AG Derek Smith talked about were projected costs as part of the “fiscal note” for SB 95 back in February!
It’s their right to sue, even though they have lost repeatedly in Kansas. But for pro-abortionists to suggest that the state of Kansas hid the projected costs or to ignore that the costs are a direct result of their habitual urge to go to court is shameless, even by their standards.