VALUE THEM BOTH Amendment is key to reversing disturbing trends in abortion expansion
Today the so-called “Trust Women” abortion franchise rolled out its welcome mat to draw even more out-of-state residents to Kansas for abortion. The franchise issued a press release signaling its intentions to attract additional customers from surrounding states, specifically Texas.
This shameful marketing ploy from the abortion industry comes after the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) issued its preliminary 2020 annual abortion statistics. The report, released in May, revealed a shocking 9.1% overall increase in the number of abortions performed within our state’s borders, the largest jump in 29 years, which included a 16% increase in abortions on out-of-state residents. Within the details of the report, KDHE also reported a staggering 1,056% one-year increase in the number of abortions performed on Texans.
The dramatic rise in our state’s abortion numbers in 2020 comes after a 2019 Kansas Supreme Court decision which endangers 20 years of bipartisan legislative efforts to protect women and babies from an unlimited, unregulated abortion industry. Limits on the practice of brutal live dismemberment abortions have been stuck down, and many other limits are tied up in litigation. This new Kansas legal landscape ultimately led to abortion clinics having special protections to stay open during the height of COVID-19 stay at home orders.
“The abortion industry’s unabashed marketing to out-of-staters underscores the critical importance of passage of the VALUE THEM BOTH Amendment on August 2, 2022,” said Danielle Underwood, KFL Director of Communications.
“As Kansans, we must be clear that we do not consent to continuing on this path to becoming a regional destination for abortion. When an abortion industry franchise seeks to capitalize on what it clearly views as a growth opportunity for its abortion business, we know we have a problem. The people of Kansas must reclaim their right to regulate this industry through their elected representatives by voting ‘Yes’ on the VALUE THEM BOTH Amendment,” said Underwood.
The VALUE THEM BOTH Amendment was approved by the Kansas legislature in January of 2021 and will be considered by Kansas voters on August 2, 2022. The amendment is designed to keep existing pro-life laws in place and ensure Kansas is not a permanent destination for the most extreme abortion practices.