We cannot separate moral, scientific and logical truth from our actions
if we are to succeed. The truth is the truth. It cannot be ignored or
denied. For this reason, the pro-life movement, by our statements that
life begins at conception and ends at natural death, will succeed.
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Who Is Responsible?
We are often asked how it is within the power of the legislature to de-fund abortions
when it is federal money funding the abortions and federal regulations requiring
that the state disburse the funds for the abortions.
In the first place, it is State funds and State employee contributions that pay for
abortions covered by the State Employees Health Benefits Plan, and Kansas law specifically
provides for those payments. These payments must be laid squarely at the feet of
our state legislature.
Secondly, State funds are also paying for abortions covered by Medicaid and Healthwave
through matching of most of the funds received from the federal government and through
program administration. Although these contributions from the State of Kansas are
a requirement of its participation in Medicaid and Healthwave, it must be noted that
the federal government requires no state to participate in either of these cooperative
programs. In fact, the courts have repeatedly cited the invitational nature of federal
assistance programs together with the fact that the regulations requiring payments
for abortion only apply to states who elect to participate in the federal assistance
programs. It is our contention that legislators sworn to uphold the Constitution
of the State of Kansas are bound by that oath to decline participation in any federal
assistance program requiring payments for abortion. Certainly every pro-life legislator
should vote to decline receipt of federal assistance funds to which lethal strings
Another question we are often asked is why the Kansas courts have never ruled against
State participation in federal assistance programs requiring payments for abortion.
The answer to that question is quite simply that no Kansas court has ever been presented
with the argument that Kansas' voluntary participation in such programs violates
our state constitution. The Kansas Human Life Resolution (HR 6003), passed in 2002
by a majority of the House of Representatives, sought to have this argument presented
to the Kansas Supreme Court. Unfortunately, Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline instead
argued in District Court that receipt of federal Medicaid funds should not obligate
the state to pay for abortions. This argument, already rejected in federal court,
was rejected in Kansas District Court as well and led District Court Judge David
Bruns to dismiss the case. Shawnee County District Court, Division Twelve, Case No.
05-C-1050. Instead of appealing the case to the Kansas Supreme Court as the HR 6003
required, AG Kline issued a news release stating simply "I will not appeal HR 6003."
Thus Kansas continues to violate our state constitution voluntarily in order to obtain
federal dollars and we taxpayers continue to be forced to pay for what is truly murder.
Meanwhile, Right To Life of Kansas continues to seek redress from our state legislators,
who can and must end these bloody pacts with the federal government and cease paying
for abortions through the State Employees Health Benefits Plan.