Kansas Lawmaker Rants: Abortion Is Like Holocaust

By Gloria Christie on March 11, 2015

Can you tell me why abortions are like “the Holocaust,” but letting the pregnant women die is not?

State Rep. Dick Jones (R-Kan.) of Topeka said this week that abortion is “a Holocaust against fetuses.” And he opposes a procedure used in approximately 8 percent of Kansas abortions.

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Roe v Wade says a woman has the right to have an abortion at any time if she faces life or health risks.

The 1992 US Supreme Court decision Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v Casey allows further restrictions on abortion, if they do not place an “undue burden” on women.

“Undue burden” seems to be lost on the extremely conservative Kansas lawmakers. What if a woman needs an abortion, because she has heart disease or a comprised immune system?

What if she is hemorrhaging? What if the placenta is embedded in the uterine muscle or it grows over the cervix?

What if the fetus has died?

Is a woman’s death an undue burden? Dick Jones doesn’t seem to care.

What if the woman waited until later in her pregnancy, because she couldn’t afford to travel the long distance to a clinic? States have passed more than 500 laws restricting access to abortions.

Once again Kansas is the alpha test site for ultra-conservative legislation. This time the National Right to Life Committee wrote the bill for state legislatures.

The bill under consideration is outlawing dilation and evacuation (D&E) of the fetus and preventing physicians from using forceps or like instruments.

The national abortion rights people feel that banning abortions after the doctor can detect a heartbeat, between 41 and 47 days, is too broad. And it would be doomed to failure this go around.

The House Federal and State Affairs Committee held a voice vote to advance the legislation written for them.

Those against the bill argued that the Kansas legislature just might not be physicians. And without that M.D. degree, they might not be capable of regulating medical procedures.

They also charged the politicians of having other motivations. Let me guess. Religion?

Anti-abortionists call this “partial birth abortions,” but this is not the name of any known medical procedure. They are actually referring to D&E.

The use of “partial birth abortion” is just one of the many cruel phrases used in the well-funded propaganda campaign against abortion. “Holocaust” is simply one more word with sharply-whetted cutting edges.

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 Gloria Christie founded Gloria Christie Reports, a common sense column about liberal politics. She wrote for Addictinginfo.org, the Kansas City Star, Where High Technology Meets Politics for London’s IDG-Connect Blog and The Best Times. Her total readership is over 5 million. Christie has an MS in radio-TV-film and an MPA in business/government relations. She was a systemic problems consulting expert for Fortune 100/500 businesses here and off-shore. Christie invented and implemented the first computerized patient chart. She also worked on Howard Dean’s, John Kerry’s, and Barak Obama’s presidential campaigns. She is particularly interested in liberal politics, high-tech, complex systems, and change. Like her Facebook page, visit her website, and follow her on Twitter. Click here to buy Gloria Christie a hot cup of Mocha Coffee.