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Februrary 26 – Correcting the Record about the Value Them Both Amendment

On February 8 Kansas Senate Minority Leader Dinah Sykes (D-21) wrote a column for the Shawnee Mission Post. In it she proudly stated her opposition to allowing Kansans the opportunity to vote on the Value Them Both Amendment.

“I joined 10 of my colleagues in the Kansas Senate in voting against one of the most extreme, unnecessary proposals this state has ever seen,” said Sen. Sykes. She goes on to essentially say that Value Them Both is fundamentally anti-women.

But is it extreme? Anti-women? And is it unnecessary? The answer is a resounding, “No,” to all these claims. 

Kansas needs the Value Them Both Amendment. Two-thirds of Sykes’ senate and house colleagues agreed with KFL by voting for its passage. Furthermore, if Senator Sykes looked more closely at who supported the measure, she would notice that the majority of women in the Kansas Senate voted in the affirmative. As the old adage goes, “there is nothing more stubborn than a fact.”

Ultimately, the Amendment is necessary because a recent court ruling in Kansas removed the legal foundation for all existing laws that placed commonsense regulations on the abortion  industry. Parental consent. Waiting periods. Bans on live dismemberment and late term abortions. All these and more are now in danger unless Kansans vote “yes” for the Amendment in August 2022.

The Value Them Both Amendment will protect current laws – not change them. We say, let the people vote!

February 19, 2021 – Abortion Industry Ally Uses Families’ Pain to Push Agenda

The next battle begins.

In a preview of coming attacks pro-life defenders will face, the abortion industry is activating  its allies to begin new, false campaigns against the Value Them Both Amendment, which Kansans will vote on August 2, 2022.

The current messenger for proponents of extreme abortion is Dr. Mae Winchester, a Kansas City, Kansas,
pro-abortion obstetrician/gynecologist and Fellow with New York-based Physicians for Reproductive Health, which lists a well-known, late-term Kansas abortionist among its former board members.

Winchester notably misled legislators in 2019 when she testified against providing women information about abortion pills. At the time she claimed to have been representing a national medical association. The organization confirmed to the Sunflower State Journal that she misrepresented their position.

The February 19 Kansas City Star features a “Guest Commentary” penned by Winchester. In it  she claims that the Value Them Both Amendment would cause pain to families who receive difficult news about pregnancy complications such as pre-natal diagnosis of rare genetic disorders.

“(M)y patients should not have to share their deeply private lives and decisions with others so that their own health care can be protected,” said Winchester. “They should be allowed uninterrupted time to consider their options, the privacy to grieve, and the ability to choose the path that is right for their family.”

News of a pre-born baby’s medical challenges can be agonizing for families. They deserve more than privacy. They need to be offered support, love, respect, full information and opportunities to connect with families who have experienced similar difficult paths. For example, organizations like Simon’s Law and SOFT support parents through every step of their journey. 

“It’s heartbreaking that anyone would use the difficult situations our families have faced to justify unlimited abortion,” said Sheryl Crosier, Founder of Simon’s Law. Crosier’s son Simon  had Trisomy 18 before his passing and her organization advocates for families whose children have Trisomy 18, 13 and other disorders.

Winchester’s arguments, cloaked in emotional language, falsely claim that the Value Them Both Amendment leaves families in difficult situations behind. It does NOTIt does the opposite by defending commonsense, bipartisan supported pro-life laws legislators passed over a span of 20 years. For example, the “Women’s Right to Know Act” gives women factual information about abortion, potential health risks and fetal development. Without Value Them Both, women would be hindered from making an informed decision.

The abortion industry’s scare tactics won’t work if Kansans understand the truth about the Value Them Both Amendment. Help us spread the facts.