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Sam Brownback_small.jpgThere's something happening in Kansas that's not making national headlines but should be. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is doubling down on his anti-choice agenda. It's extreme. And he's showing no sign of stopping.

Anti-choice Gov. Brownback already signed a bill that manipulates Kansas' tax code to limit abortion care, and now he's poised to sign two more bills that would severely restrict women's access to affordable health care in the Sunflower State.

One bill - the state budget bill - includes a provision that would effectively defund reproductive-health clinics, which many women and families rely on for a full range of reproductive-health services. For many low-income families, these clinics are their only means of accessing basic health care. The second bill would extend unnecessary tax penalties on reproductive-health clinics for making renovations or even holding fundraising events!

Don't be fooled, these bills and tax penalties are really just a way for extreme anti-choice politicians to further restrict access to reproductive-health care and force their personal beliefs on all Kansas families.

Gov. Brownback has never been shy about his extreme anti-choice record: "If a pro-life bill [comes] to my desk, I will sign it. I am not backing away from that."

If he signs these bills, Gov. Brownback will pile onto his already long anti-choice resume. Just last year, Gov. Brownback signed an extreme anti-choice bill into law to effectively ban abortion in almost all cases and could outlaw many common forms of contraception, stem-cell research, and in-vitro fertilization.

In 2012, Gov. Brownback signed a bill that allows doctors to withhold medical information if they think it will lead a woman to choose abortion or refuse treatment like chemotherapy for cancer patients if they think it would end a pregnancy. Even worse the same bill requires that doctors lie to women.

If these attacks to deny women control over the bodies and futures weren't bad enough, Gov. Brownback has spent roughly $1 million in taxpayer dollars to defend these unconstitutional laws in the courts.

Gov. Brownback has two more chances to stand up for women's freedom and privacy. It's time that he put his anti-choice, anti-woman agenda aside and prove that he's not going to punish working families and Kansan women just to score political points.

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A quick update from the Sunflower State.

The Kansas legislative session is coming to a close, but anti-choice lawmakers made the most of an opportunity to send even more anti-choice legislation to Gov. Sam Brownback

One extreme bill makes it all but impossible for insurance plans to cover abortion care, thus forcing women to plan for an unplanned pregnancy. 

But that's not so bad, says one anti-choice legislator. After all, he keeps a spare tire in his car, which is totally the same thing:

During the House's debate, Rep. Pete DeGraaf, a Mulvane Republican who supports the bill, told [pro-choice Rep. Barbara Bollier]: "We do need to plan ahead, don't we, in life?"

Bollier asked him, "And so women need to plan ahead for issues that they have no control over with a pregnancy?"

DeGraaf drew groans of protest from some House members when he responded, "I have a spare tire on my car."

"I also have life insurance," he added. "I have a lot of things that I plan ahead for."


Comments like these might give one the impression that Rep. DeGraaf doesn't respect women very much.

If only we could keep a spare legislator around for such occasions!

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Kansas Enacts Far-Reaching Abortion Ban


Yesterday, Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas signed extreme anti-choice measures into law

Like many politicians in other states, Kansas legislators have clearly abandoned their promise to focus on jobs and the economy to advance a ban that directly interferes in a woman's relationship with her doctor. Bans like this one could deny needed care to women with wanted pregnancies who experience heart-breaking complications, such as a fetal anomaly. This extreme bill is out of step with the values and priorities of Kansas voters.

Kansas is one of the 11 states in which an anti-choice governor replaced a pro-choice one after the 2010 elections. So, as we've said before, elections matter. 

From Washington to Topeka, anti-choice politicians are making government just small enough to fit in your bedroom or inside your medicine cabinet. 

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The Dangers of Anti-Choice Governors


The 2010 elections that put anti-choice politicians in control of the U.S. House of Representatives also had dire consequences for the states. Just this month, 11 new anti-choice governors took over in Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Plus, there are also 15 states with fully anti-choice governments (both a majority of the legislature and the governor are anti-choice).

Many of these politicians campaigned on a platform of creating jobs and limiting government in our lives. But now that they're in office, they've switched gears and made attacking a woman's right to choose a top priority. It's only January, and already we're seeing the damage that the new anti-choice governors can do.

Let's start with Kansas, where anti-choice Sam Brownback recently replaced pro-choice Mark Parkinson as governor. Gov. Brownback outlined his priorities for 2011 in his state of the state address this month. While, on the one hand, he said it was time to rein in the reach of government, he also called for an anti-choice agenda that would allow politicians to interfere in a woman's right to choose. Gov. Brownback called for a "culture of life," but then proposed deep cuts to education programs that benefit children and families. Expect even more obstacles for women's access to abortion and birth control now that the Sunflower State has an anti-choice governor.

Moving north to Wisconsin, anti-choice Gov. Scott Walker recently succeeded retiring pro-choice Gov. Jim Doyle. For the last three years, Wisconsin has enacted Prevention First measures. Now, anti-choice Gov. Walker said he will seek to cut family-planning programs that serve thousands of women and men in his state. And with both houses of the legislature under anti-choice control, reproductive-health services in the Badger State could end up getting badgered.

Anti-choice governors can do damage to women's health and well-being even when the state legislature is under firm pro-choice control.  In New Jersey, both the Senate and the General Assembly have pro-choice majorities, and the state received an A- grade in this year's Who Decides?.

But in 2010, anti-choice Gov. Chris Christie replaced pro-choice Gov. Jon Corzine. Gov. Christie's first budget eliminated funding for family-planning clinics that provide birth control and reproductive-health screening to low-income women. When the legislature passed a bill to restore the funding, he vetoed it. 

We'll be monitoring legislation in the states closely and working with our network of state affiliates as the new anti-choice governors look to leave their mark. Find out whether your state's governor is a zero or a hero when it comes to protecting a woman's right to choose. 

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