Pro-Life Legislative Successes

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Sometimes it’s hard to see yourself in the context of a large, powerful movement. We all easily default to the idea that a single voice, vote, donation or hour of volunteer involvement can’t really matter in the grand scheme of things.

If you’ve landed here we want you to know your time, help, interest and giving are critical dominos. We hope you’ll take a few minutes now to enjoy this timeline record of our…your…pro-life legislative successes.

1997

Woman’s Right to Know law requires a 24-hour waiting period before having an abortion and requires that women considering abortion have access to KDHE-issued medical information about prenatal development, abortion procedures, risks and alternatives.

1998

Restrictions on late-term abortions.

1999

Law establishing matching grants to non-profit organizations that help women carry pregnancies to term.

2004

Exclusion of abortion and human embryo destruction from state-funded medical research.

2005

Law to protect minors having abortions by requiring that clinics send fetal tissue samples to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation for possible rape prosecution.

2007

Alexa’s Law allows criminal prosecution for both victims when a pregnant woman is injured or killed during a crime and her unborn child is also injured or killed.

2009

Expansion of Women’s Right to Know information to include online information at the KDHE website, and a detailed list of resources available to help if a woman decides to carry the pregnancy to term.
Expansion of informed consent with requirement to allow women the option of viewing an ultrasound whenever one is performed.
This law was temporarily enjoined in 2023 as part of the abortion industry’s lawsuit targeting the “Woman’s Right to Know” Act. A full hearing will take place in June 2024. 

2011

Two-parent consent requirement for minor girls receiving an abortion. New law states any judge who grants a waiver to this requirement is a mandatory abuse reporter.
Abortion restricted after 22 weeks gestation (20 weeks post conception) because of scientific proof of fetal pain capability.
Removal of “mental health” exceptions for late-term abortions.
Abortion clinic licensure law mandates unannounced state health department inspections of abortion facilities and establishes basic health and safety standards.

This law was passed but later sued by the abortion industry and struck down in 2021 by a district court judge.

Requirement that all abortions must be performed by a Kansas-licensed physician with hospital privileges within 30 miles of the clinic.

This law passed but is not in effect yet as it is held up in court.

Abortion provider must see the patient in person when administering chemical abortions (no “web-cam” abortions).

This law was passed but later sued by the abortion industry and struck down in 2022 by a district court judge. 

Elective abortion coverage may not be part of standard health insurance plans.
Government funding through Title X redirected to full-service public health clinics instead of abortion clinics.

2012

Healthcare Rights of Conscience Act protects health care workers from losing their jobs for refusal to perform abortions.
Elimination of tax-funded abortion training at KU Med.

2013

No state tax funding for abortion and no tax breaks for abortion providers.
Abortion providers prohibited from teaching school sex ed programs.
Sex-selection abortion prohibited.
Strengthened the anti-coercion notice abortion clinics are required to post informing women they cannot be forced into abortion by someone else. This law was temporarily enjoined in 2023 as part of the abortion industry’s lawsuit targeting the “Woman’s Right to Know” Act. A full hearing will take place in June 2024. 
Increased KDHE support for families facing a prenatal disability diagnosis.
Improved jury independence in fighting abortion corruption with citizen-petitioned grand juries.
Prohibition of “wrongful birth” and “wrongful life” lawsuits, i.e. the mother of a minor child with a disability claims the actions or omissions of her doctor kept her from having an abortion.
Creation of the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center at KU Medical Center to investigate and develop adult stem cells for treating various health conditions.

2014

Medical emergency definition in abortion statutes improved.

2015

Restrictions on live dismemberment abortion.

This law passed but was later sued and struck down in 2021 by a district court judge. 

2016

Annual budget provision redirecting Title X government funding to full-service health clinics instead of abortion clinics put into statute.

2017

Abortion clinics required to provide abortion-seeking women information about the doctor who will perform her abortion, including state of residency, year medical degree obtained, any negative actions by the Board of Healing Arts, status of hospital admitting privileges, date employment by this clinic began, etc. This law was temporarily enjoined in 2023 as part of the abortion industry’s lawsuit targeting the “Woman’s Right to Know” Act. A full hearing will take place in June 2024.
Law prevents DNRs from being placed on minor children without parental notice, requires medical facilities to disclose any written futile care policies when asked.

2018

Adoption Protection Act protects the rights of faith-based adoption agencies and prohibits them from being forced to violate their conscience.

2020

Successfully blocked efforts to expand taxpayer-funded abortions through medicaid expansion.

2021

VALUE THEM BOTH Amendment approved by the Kansas Legislature and date set to appear on voters’ ballots in the 2022 primary election.
Veto override of Election Integrity Bill.

2023

Born-Alive Infants Protection Act becomes law. The bill provides legal protections for infants who are born alive regardless of the intent of the delivery. This bill was vetoed by the Governor, but was overridden with bipartisan support in both chambers.

Abortion Pill Reversal Informed Consent Requirements. Requires notification to patients that the effects of a medication abortion may be reversible. This bill was vetoed by the Governor, but was overridden with bipartisan support in both chambers. The abortion industry has sued this law and it is delayed from going into effect while the lawsuit continues.

Established the alternatives to abortion program to provide resources and promote childbirth to women facing unplanned pregnancies. This bill was vetoed by the Governor, but was overridden in both chambers with bipartisan support.