What is “Value Them Both?”

Father Hoisington’s note: Bishop Kemme asked the following to be published in the parishes of the Diocese of Wichita. This article was written by Mr. Chuck Weber of the Kansas Catholic Conference.

KANSAS IS NO LONGER PROLIFE:                                                                                                      

HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT  

It’s almost too gruesome to believe, yet true. According to official records of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, an average of nine preborn babies lose their lives each week in Kansas through a horrific procedure known as live dismemberment abortion.  

There is more shocking news about abortion in Kansas.   

Did you know the legal path is now open for taxpayer-funded/Medicaid-funded abortion in Kansas?  Did you know that under current Kansas law, a 14-year-old girl (or any minor) can get an abortion without the knowledge or consent of her parents? Did you know that virtually every prolife Kansas law on the books is now “presumed unconstitutional?” including bans on brutal late term birth abortion, informed consent and even basic clinic sanitation standards?  

All these appalling facts—and much more—are the result of a devastating decision recently made by the Kansas State Supreme Court in the abortion case Hodes & Hauser v. Schmidt. 

You probably haven’t heard much about this decision, but overnight it changed Kansas into one of the most radical pro-abortion states in the country.  In fact, Kansas abortion law is now even more extreme than states like New York.

What can Kansas Catholics do to change this injustice?     

VALUE THEM BOTH is the proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution that will safeguard both women and babies from what could soon be an unregulated abortion industry.

VALUE THEM BOTH restores to the people of Kansas, through their elected officials, the ability to regulate the abortion industry in a way that protects both women and babies.

Unlimited abortion hurts women and babies. VALUE THEM BOTH places the power to regulate the abortion industry back in the people’s hands where it belongs. 

Passing VALUE THEM BOTH is a two-step process.

First, a “super majority” of the Kansas Senate and House must vote to approve placement of the amendment on a statewide ballot.  Once that happens, citizens will vote.  The amendment becomes part of the Kansas Constitution if it receives a simple majority of votes. Passage of VALUE THEM BOTH will again make our abortion laws enforceable and constitutional.  

THE UPCOMING STATE ELECTION MATTERS!

This past Legislative Session, VALUE THEM BOTH passed the Senate, but came four agonizing votes short in the House. Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry cheered. 

The Catholic Bishops of the United States have declared abortion to be the pre-eminent issue of our day.  The Catholic Bishops of Kansas call VALUE THEM BOTH their #1 legislative priority.  

Before casting your vote this election, become informed about this and other issues.  Then exercise your responsibility of faithful citizenship and VOTE.

Chuck Weber is the executive director of the Kansas Catholic Conference and can be reached at: Chuck@KansasCatholic.org 

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