The following statement was released by KFL coalition partners: Value Them Both, Kansas Family Voice and the Kansas Catholic Conference
Topeka, KS – Today marks the three-year anniversary of the Kansas Supreme Court extreme ruling in Hodes & Nauser v. Schmidt, which radically changed the state constitution to enable a nearly unlimited abortion industry. Last year’s historic increase in the annual abortion rate, the largest in over 25 years, served as a warning sign. Now, with the release of new 2021 state abortion statistics, it is clear Kansas is a regional destination state for abortion — and the health and safety of women are being put at risk.
From the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) “Abortions in Kansas, 2021” report, here are the facts about the immediate impact of the Hodes decision:
Since the 2019 ruling, state statistics have shown the following impacts (2019-2021):
- 13% increase in the overall annual number of abortions
- 17% increase in live dismemberment abortions performed
- 16% increase in abortions performed on out-of-state residents
Due to the ruling, two state laws related to abortion have already been overturned:
- Live dismemberment abortion ban, struck down April 2021
- Clinic safety, sanitation, and inspection law, struck down December 2021
“The data clearly shows Kansas is heading toward unlimited abortion up to the moment of birth,” said Danielle Underwood, Kansans for Life Director of Communications, “The Value Them Both Amendment is the one remedy for Kansans to avoid becoming a permanent destination state for painful, late-term abortions, paid for with our state tax dollars.”
“The Kansas Supreme Court’s extreme ruling overrides the will of the people,” said Brittany Jones, Esq., Kansas Family Voice Director of Policy and Engagement. “Individuals all across Kansas are shocked at how unelected justices have removed protections for mothers and babies. It is time for Kansans to restore our ability to value both mothers and babies and vote YES on the Value Them Both Amendment on August 2nd.”
“The truth about this data shows that women and their babies are not being valued. We as Christians know that women and their babies deserve better. Passage of the Value Them Both Amendment will show that Kansans value them both.” said Lucrecia Nold, Kansas Catholic Conference Policy Specialist.
The coalition encourages Kansas voters to learn more at ValueThemBoth.com and to vote “YES” on August 2, 2022.
The Value Them Both Coalition is a united effort of Kansas citizens and organizations committed to promoting passage of the Value Them Both Amendment on Aug. 2, 2022, which is the only means to defend our state’s existing pro-life laws. The coalition is led by Kansans for Life, the Kansas Catholic Conference, and Kansas Family Voice.