By Kansans for Life
Barbara Bollier is the front-running Democratic candidate for the open U.S. Senate seat currently held by long-time pro-life Senator Pat Roberts.
Bollier, an anesthesiologist who has been retired longer than she ever practiced medicine, accumulated an extreme pro-abortion voting record from her combined 11 years in the Kansas House and Senate. No other state legislator has ever worked harder to kill pro-life bills than Bollier.
In this three-part series, we are highlighting a few of the common-sense, publicly-supported regulations on the abortion industry passed by the legislature, and examine Barbara Bollier’s concerted efforts to stop them from becoming law and saving lives.
In Part I, we looked at the 2011 Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and outlined Bollier’s attempts to kill the legislation in the Kansas House. In Part II, the provision banning state taxpayer funding of abortion in the 2013 Pro-life Protections Act was examined.
One of the most important provisions of the 2011 Abortion Reporting Accuracy & Parental Rights Act, HB 2035, was the requirement of 2-parent consent for abortions on minors. Pregnant young girls deserve to have their loving moms and dads guide them through an abortion decision, not strangers at an abortion facility.
The process for waiving parental notification (known as judicial bypass) was also strengthened to include a psychological evaluation of the minor girl, and making the judge who presides over the waiver process a mandatory abuse reporter.
Hostile amendments were offered on the House floor by pro-abortion legislators, including one that would have given abortionists the right to decide when a teen should involve her parents.
Barbara Bollier has little respect for parents and their ability to do what they know is best to protect the health and safety of their children. She has a legislative history of siding with the profit-driven abortion industry, and this bill was no exception.
She voted against the bill, saying in part, “The sacredness of the physician-patient relationship should always be preserved.” Never mind preserving the parent-child relationship.
The Abortion Reporting Accuracy & Parental Rights Act eventually passed with bi-partisan super majorities in both chambers and became law.
Further evidence of Bollier’s willingness to dismiss the importance of the parent-child relationship came in 2017, when she fought on the Senate floor against Simon’s Law, a bill ensuring that parents are the decision-makers when it comes to Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders for their critically ill children.
This year, Bollier was uncharacteristically silent throughout the Senate debate on the Value Them Both Constitutional Amendment, SCR 1613. Perhaps hoping to temper her pro-abortion activist reputation in her quest for the U.S. Senate seat, she chose to let her Democratic colleagues fight against the bill.
Bollier supported several hostile amendments to Value Them Both, including one that, had it passed, would have removed the protections for pregnant minor girls that have been in law since 2011, and enabled their abusers to take them to an abortion facility to cover up their crimes.
With her vote against Value Them Both, Barbara Bollier has shown that she is too extreme for Kansas.
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