With Koch Funding, Kansas Republicans Pass Nation’s First Abortion Procedure Ban

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There are hardly any Americans alive who would ever, even if they are addicted to conservative ideology, assert that even one Republican alive today cares about other American human beings once they are born. Whether it is withholding food, shelter, and healthcare from the preponderance of poor white children barely surviving in the former Confederacy, or slashing funding for newborn infant care, Republicans just loathe living human beings. However, they do love the single-celled organism that results from a sperm cell penetrating an ovum and, contrary to their stated ‘law of the land‘ the Christian bible, regard anything from a zygote to a fetus a living person worthy of their undivided attention, legislative acumen, and protection. Kansas’ religious Republicans are so intent on proving they will go to any length to protect a fetus that they passed legislation for the National Right To Life movement outlawing a medical procedure to ban abortions at 14 weeks after fertilization.

According to the Christian bible religious Republicans claim is the immutable word of god, there is no living human being until a fetus exits the womb and breathes air. Genesis 2:7 states that “the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.” God reiterates in Job 33:4 that “The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.” Clearly, according to the Christian bible’s god, the idea of Republicans passing religious legislation to ‘protect living beings‘ before they breathe air is really about controlling women and nothing to do with scripture.

House Republicans just passed National Right To Life (NRTL) legislation to punish Washington D.C. employees, their spouses, and dependents for using birth control, in vitro fertilization, family planning, or abortion services, so Kansas Republicans passed NRTL legislation to punish women by forcing them to give birth. The only thing religious Republicans care about is punishing women that refuse to toe the line and subject themselves to the will of religious Republicans.

This time the Christian organization’s legislation outlaws ‘dilation and evacuation;’ the medical procedure most-used in 2nd trimester abortions and regarded by the medical profession as the safest and most compassionate way to terminate a pregnancy in the second trimester. The NRTL’s Christian sensibilities inform their mandate in the form of Kansas legislation (to start with) is to force doctors to stop performing legal abortions or use less-safe methods because as typical Republicans the National Right To Life movement does not care about the health, safety, or life of the woman carrying a fetus; their idea of “right to life.”

The text of the NRTL legislation was deliberately gory and graphic so, as its NRTL authors openly admit, it would “evoke a particular emotional response in people.” The founder of a woman’s reproductive rights organization Trust Women, Julie Burkhart, saidThis bill is intended to intimidate, threaten and criminalize doctors. Policymakers should be ashamed that they are putting women’s lives at risk because they care more about politics than good health care.” Burkhart is only half right; Republican policymakers care more about religion, albeit false, than good health care for women. What Burkhart also failed to mention is that the legislation contains no medical language whatsoever. It does, however demonize abortion providers and intentionally uses medically false and inaccurate language to polarize public opinion into supporting the anti-women, religious right, Republican, and Koch brother agenda.

Regardless how supportive of the religious right extremists Republicans appear and support anything targeting women, anti-women’s reproductive rights is one of the libertarian Koch brothers policy preferences. Oh, it is true religious Republicans love targeting women, but they love pleasing the whims of the Kochs more. Most Americans are unaware that the Kochs are major funders of the crusade to eliminate women’s reproductive rights out of existence. Likely, their support for groups like the National Right To Life is predicated on the Christian group’s zealous support of conservative candidates and they spare no expense in funding religious groups’ every and any attempt to strip women of their rights; and anything the Koch’s support, Republicans support.

There is a good reason why the first items on Republicans’ 2015 agenda in controlling both houses of Congress was passing legislation stripping women’s reproductive rights. Besides remuneration for the religious right’s electoral support in the 2014 midterms, Republicans repaid the Kochs’ substantial investiture in anti-women’s reproductive rights and pro-life organizations. The Kochs obfuscate their funding for several anti-choice groups through Freedom Partners, including National Right To Life, and their state-level legislative arm ALEC and an ALEC subgroup, Americans United for Life (AUL), “combine model legislation, expert analysis, and 50 state report cards into one guide for legislators and policy makers to help undermine pro-choice efforts” in states that are either “hostile” to pro-choice or middle ground states.

Obviously Kansas is not a middle ground state and it was never more evident than in the last midterm election where after decimating the state’s economy, Sam Brownback easily won re-election after trailing his opponent throughout the campaign. Brownback’s ‘October surprise‘ that sealed his victory was pulling the ‘fetus card‘ at the eleventh hour that brought the religious fanatic vote out en masse after a furious ad buy funded by the Kochs.

No American should underestimate the Republican electoral chances in 2016 even though the election is still a year-and-a-half away. One thing is certain; Republicans and the Kochs know that the religious right and its many anti-women’s rights groups, including misogynistic mainstream men, will turn out the vote regardless of the Republicans’ horrible economic record or conversely, the economic success of the Democrats.

Something happens to even semi-sane voters’ minds when religion is inserted in the mix and groups like the National Right to Life, American Family Association, and powerful religious right have a veritable blank check with the Koch brothers’ signatures waiting. Further, if any American thinks for a second that the electorate will get any smarter in the next 18 months, or depend on anything other than demonizing rhetoric, medically false, or inaccurate information about contraception, abortion or the need to preserve women’s reproductive rights, they are deluded.

If anyone does not believe it, just understand that Kansas’  legislature just passed, and fervent anti-women’s reproductive rights Governor Sam Brownback pledged to sign into law, legislation effectively banning abortions at 14 weeks after fertilization; something many Americans were certain religious Republicans would never ever manage to ban at 20 weeks. Women are in trouble and their reproductive rights, including contraceptive use, are just one election away from being exactly what Catholic bishops, religious right, Republicans, the Koch brothers, and National Right To Life want them to be; outlawed in 21st Century America.

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53 Replies to “With Koch Funding, Kansas Republicans Pass Nation’s First Abortion Procedure Ban”

  1. They decided a long time ago to put candidates into office though they hadn’t publicly stated radical positions. These stealth candidates would then show their colors and push the radical agenda.

    Now, they support the candidate who is public about their policies and in office proceeds to remove Privacy protections inch by bloody inch. They are currently depending upon the Supreme Court to back them, but that won’t last forever.

    The question is how much of American’s Rights will remain when we finally get a decent SCOTUS in place.

  2. These extreme right wing conservative repukes drive me insane. First they are against any government intrusion in their lives and don’t want any government regulation of any kind but yet want to regulate a woman’s body and regulate abortion clinics. Then they want to take away any government benefits that might help these people deal with having this unwanted birth. How does that make any sense??

  3. I don’t feel bad or sorry for the people in Kansas,They reelected that disastrous governor and their state economy is in the toilet and now the republicans/Kochs are controlling women, which is another form slavery. Well Kansas you get what you voted for, now live with it, if you can.

  4. You should all go observe a dilation and evacuation abortion. Seeing one is what made me pro-life.

    Also, did Rmuse just use a biblical justification for abortion? What a religious nut. Your stance on abortion should be informed by biology not religion. Further, is Rmuse saying that abortion is ok until the baby takes its first breath? I would love to hear the biological justification for that stance. Is there some sort of vagina fairly that sprinkles us with our humanity as we are being birthed? Do tell.

  5. It doesn’t make sense because what you are saying isn’t true. What Republican doesn’t want “any regulation of any kind”? Hope you are having a great time knocking down all these strawmen.

  6. You are missing the point entirely. I think everyone is pro-life. We are talking about when life begins, and clearly that is (according to the bible even) when a breath is taken.

    I thought Rmuse did a great job explaining it. In the old days we would have just said “get out the coat hangers” or “there is going to be another botched job in the alley” etc.

    Funny how the lack of planned parenthood leads to disease in young people and more abortions and yet republicans oppose teaching sex-ed. Just stop those raging hormones kids and open your bibles, that will stop those babies from making babies.

  7. When are these stoopid men who support this legislation going to realize that when you force a woman to bear a child, you are also forcing a man into 18+ years of financial support for said child? I won’t even mention the fatherhood responsibilities that go along with the title.

    Do they even have a program in Kansas to force men to pay up? If not, when will that be legislated? How about throwing the reticent dads in jail until they pay up? When the he// are we going to stand up for women and DEMAND that sperm donors be held accountable for their deposits? Women don’t just wake up pregnant one day.
    How about forced vasectomies for all male babies as soon as they are born? Problem solved!

    Wait, what? I have no business in men’s health/financial decisions? Well, men do NOT have any business in women’s health/financial issues. Maybe after men learn to control their seed planting, THEN we MIGHT consider giving them a voice in the matter.

    We are N O T incubators. Ge…

  8. ” I think everyone is pro-life. ”

    Sorry, but I have to disagree with you. Republicans are pro fetus, but they are certainly NOT pro life. If they were they wouldn’t be sending our youth out to unnecessary wars. They wouldn’t be cutting funding for the veterans who come back injured from those wars. They wouldn’t be cutting much needed food supplements for poor children. No, they are definitely NOT pro life.

  9. It in reality should be named the “National Right to YOUR Life” bill. Because the Religious Reich DEMANDS control over YOUR life regardless of the Constitution and the Bill Of Rights.

  10. No it’s not a “great time” Erica but presenting FACTS must be done no matter how much you loathe them. And Erica please drop the “strawman” meme, but it’s easier to call something a strawman when you cannot debate from firm ground.

  11. The Republicans have created their selves a loophole to gin-up their base. Create fear about the unborn, but when the unborn is born, kick them to the curb, and not have to explain why.

    This should be a Democrat’s first priority to expose such great Republican hypocrisy. I believe no one wants to see an abortion, but it is sometimes relevant, sad as that is to say.

    What’s more cruel and heart breaking, aborting a fetus, or watching a baby be abused or go hungry? I tend to feel the latter.

  12. Erica, here’s something YOU should observe because it is what this whole thing boils down to. The Christian Reich, the right to your lifers, and EVERYONE should remember the simple fact that whatever a woman choses to do with HER! body and whatever is in HER body is HER DAMNED BUISINESS!! NOT Yours or the control freaks that permeate and infect YOUR side of the political spectrum. These people don’t really give a rat’s about that fetus/zygote/sperm! All they want is CONTROL because they arrogantly think that they are Superior and that they deserve to tell other people how to live their lives. Democrats and Liberals UNDERSTAND that people have choice, and it’s that choice! that FREEDOM of choice that scares the hell out of the Christian Reich Wing! They are just as EVIL as those who implement Sharia Law.

  13. You know, Erica, it’s amazing how the right wing Christian fanatics want USA government to control women’s bodies just like they do in Muslim countries.

  14. Erica, imagine your 17 year old daughter laying on a gurney with thick, red blood oozing out of her slowing spreading across the white sheets. She’s pale, trembling, cold, and frightened. The choices: let her lay and let God decide the outcome or get her into surgery for a D & C. WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

  15. The Bible says exactly what was quoted: the “breath of life.” That is what it SAYS! If you don’t like that, take it up with your God, not us.

    Most surgical procedures aren’t pretty. That has absolutely nothing to do with anything. I’m just glad I have no daughters.

  16. To get the support of the religious right the politicians must lie and say they do not support abortion even in the event of life of the mother. Let the mother die and the fetus but do not ever do an abortion.

    And keep Terry Shivos tube in forever even though she is dead and her husband wants it to finally end. Then have your brother, the POTUS, pull strings for you and have congress get involved in one all but dead patient in Florida, you know, to please those same religious right voters for a certain governor.

  17. Certainly something to think on. It’s sad to say, but some of the comments here are on-the-money. How hypocritical the Redums are about their stance on “Life”. Life should mean more than just an amount of time from the conception to birth. There is a life to live and the Koch-roaches don’t give a flying damn if that life has a chance of proper health care, education, living conditions or any other aspect of what should be expected in a life in this country.

  18. Erica, why then, do teapukes insert their “we are gonna regulate everything regarding women” agenda while at the same time de-regulate limits and rules put on energy/financial institutions inorder to boost billionaires profits. Oh, thats right, gotp’s love big business money and hate women with a brain.( all under the ruse of Christianity). You teapukes are all hypocrites and fact deniers.

  19. I havent seen the signatures of our founding fathers in the Bible anywhere. Sorry, the Bible isnt law in America.

  20. The document you are referring to – the ‘bible’ – is a 17th century translation of a document bastardized in the 4th century.

    Patriarchal monotheistic religions attempt to carve a place for men in creating life through myth and slavery.

    Anti-choice is predicated on the dark age Europe theory that each sperm contained a complete human being, which was chosen to be part of ‘god’s plan’ at the beginning of time.
    The chosen homunculus, on a mission from god, merely needs a sperm locker in which to develop. Women are that sperm locker.

    Women’s only role is to nourish the homunculus. Any attempt to prevent a pregnancy is defiance of god’s plan and murder of that homunculus.

    Honest. That is what they say they believe. Ask them.

  21. So Erica, you believe that the D & C procedure should never be done? When I was a young woman (in my mid 20’s), I had an emergency one. Not because I was pregnant, but because I went through 3 months of bleeding and then became septic because of the hemorrhaging. The fact is that if they are banned and not done (or taught) as you seem to want (or agree with), eventually women like me (at that time) will die. And that is soooo “pro-life”…
    Besides, it’s none of anyone else’s fu**ing business what I do with my body. That is mine alone. I am proudly pro-choice.

  22. Exactly bebe! I have a very nice reproductions of the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution and have yet to see the name Jesus H. Christ on ANY document. Yet to hear the Reich Wing talk about it Jesus was setting in that hot room with them telling them what to write.

  23. I have observed a D & E. I have also observed a few other kinds of surgical procedures.

    My observation of same did not ‘turn me against’ any of them.

    Just because you have a queasy stomach Erica, is not a justifiable reason to deny someone else a medical procedure.

    Breath of Life:
    Ecclesiastes 11: 5
    As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.

    Genesis 2:7
    Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

    Biblical Abortifacient:
    Numbers 5:11-31.

    Try Again Erica the Fail Whale.

  24. You mean unnecessary wars like the worst disaster, Vietnam, that Kennedy and Johnson got us unto? Or the Iraq War that 28 Democratic Senators voted for, including Clinton, Biden, Kerry, Reid, Schumer, Harkin, Dodd, etc.?

  25. jimmyk…face/palm..sigh…Kennedy DID NOT get us into the Vietnam war!! He DID sign orders for more advisors and logistical support but he NEVER did want the war. The military industrial complex that Eisenhower warned us about along with the mafia leaders that Robert Kennedy pissed of had Kennedy assassinated. THEN they could bully Johnson into signing the legislation. Don’t try and debate history with those who lived through it and lost family as well in that history. As far as recent history Clinton did the PROPER thing! Many Bosnians and eastern Europeans love the man. You need to stop reading those conservative “history” books and turn off Fox News. You Reich Wingers will never learn that history IS recorded in many ways, stop trying to change it to make yourselves relevant.

  26. Yes, and the very self same wars that Republicans enthusiastically continued despite claiming to have a ‘secret plan’ to get us out of it.

    As I recall, back during the lead up to the Unnecessary War in Iraq- Bu$h lied his ass off to get us involved in it.

    Just like so many other Republicans are lying their asses off to get us involved in Iran. And they complain that we’re not gunning for Iran.

  27. FACT:Pres. Kennedy was the first President to send Americans to VIETNAM !!!!Don’t confuse what you think you know with what actually happened. I was quite old enough to know. THEN JOHNSON escalated the troops gradually until hundreds of thousands of troops were in Vietnam. I lost 3 close friends and my brother was nearly killed. So don’t tell me what I know and don’t know about Vietnam and what political party got us involved.
    Your Conspiracy theory on Kennedy was one of many. Most people accept the finding that Oswald acted alone. Hilarious-you think the Mafia made Johnson do it!!! Ha Ha
    Maybe the devil made him do it?? Sell your crap to other libs.

  28. Moongrim, You should change your user name to MoonBeam. Most intelligence service’s around the world assumed Iraq did have WMD’s, so to say Bush intentionally lied for the “fun” of war is a bit of a stretch.
    Iraqi intell has said the WMD’s were removed and taken to Syria.

  29. I’ll change my name to Moonbeam when you change your name to Judas- which is more appropriate.

    1,625 UN and US inspectors spent two years searching 1,700 sites at a cost of more than $1bn. Yesterday they delivered their verdict:
    Saddam Hussein destroyed his last weapons of mass destruction more than a decade ago and his capacity to build new ones had been dwindling for years by the time of the Iraq invasion, according to a comprehensive US report released yesterday.
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2004/oct/07/usa.iraq1

    No Jimmyk/Judas
    Bu$h lied his ass off.
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/10/15/1336683/-New-York-Times-exposes-another-Bush-WMD-deception

    Your attempt to reinvent history once again- Fails.

  30. I had relatives die in Vietnam too. So what?

    Nixon claimed that he ‘had a secret plan to get us out of Vietnam’. Just like he claimed that he had no involvement in Watergate.

  31. I’ll repeat myself. At one time MOST reputable intelligent services around the world believed Iraq had WMD’s.
    Tell the families of the hundreds, maybe thousands, that he gassed in northern Iraq that he did not have WMD’s. Jeez, if it just wasn’t for all those dead people Liberals could say he never had any.
    Bush eliminated the mass killings and normalized life for Iraqis until all troops were pulled by Obama-then the atrocities started again. But they are just people.

  32. Kudos to you on your attempt to enlighten jimmyk. Must tell you though that the name moonbeam has long ago been assigned to the current governor of California Jerry Brown. I’m sure Governor Moonbeam would have no issue with you using his “nickname” though.

  33. To call yourself pro-life and not think taking care of life after it is born is necessary or still think war is fine and not taking care of the vets after they come home, or that social service is not needed, not funding for the jobless, paying low wages, not having medical. are these things not caring for LIFE?
    Don’t know what State you live in Erica, but I’ll bet it is not one where the State really cares for it’s population. BY the way Eirca, the words written by Remuse are straight from the Bible. Look them up!!!!

  34. Jimmyk, make sure you sign up quick for the next war the rethgus want to start, and there are many to think about. I just don’t want to see you miss the opportunity to fight for the thugs….Make sure you put your life where your mouth is…

  35. Yep, jimmyk Bush normalized life for the people of Iraq, by destroying their schools, homes, hospitals, and culture. Leaving this country to flounder, ripe for ISIS!

  36. If you had taken the time to read the link Judask, you’d have read the sad simple fact that part of the weapons inspectors were U.S. Weapons Inspectors.

    But then, you can’t get blood out of turnip, as one cannot expect humility out of a War Crazed Republican.

  37. Look jimmyk, don’t tilt with me! I KNOW that Kennedy sent troops! AND those troops were Green Beret and specialists. I LIVED during those times so I know of which I speak. And YES!! the Kennedy assassination WAS a conspiracy with Oswald as the ruse. Volumes of forensic EVIDENCE PROVES that there were multiple shooters. I have researched this to the very bone, I was 5 years old when it happened it was the first time I witnessed my father a WW2 vet cry. It set me on a course to seek TRUTH!!! and to slap down morons like YOU jimmyk. You and you philo-phobic ilk sicken me but you will NEVER win.

  38. Oh and jimmyk I NEVER!! NEVER ONCE SAID that Johnson made the Mafia do it or vice versa! YOU assumed that! Johnson had absolutely NO Knowledge of the conspiracy! Don’t even try to win here! You are WAY out of your league!

  39. Your conspiracy theories do not change the FACT that Democrats (Kennedy & Johnson) first put Americans in Vietnam. Just like I said.
    I’ll alert the media that you have all the answers on the Kennedy assassination !! lol

  40. THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY:

    Labor Dept. says “real unemployment” at 10.8%. (those Obama economic policies really working, huh?)

    56 Million women not working now in the U.S. Obama’s war on women continue.

    CONSERVATIVE Party in UK defeats Labour Party. Precursor to 2016 in the U.S. !!!

  41. Yes, I am aware of that. That is why I made the suggestion. Gov. Moonbeam and many other Dems have caused the flight away from Ca.

  42. Yep. Republicans and their imbecile voters have more in common with the Taliban than they do the true Christ or American ideals – and they’re both anti-America.

    This is why I consider them the American Taliban. They share everything in common in hatred against “the other”. Everything, except for the title of their particular sect.

  43. Barbara, erica wouldn’t think twice and have the D&C done but that shouldn’t surprise any of us.

    To these Neo-Confederate anti-Christians, it’s always “do as I say, not as I do”. That’s why they have zero credibility and are considered by everyone outside of their little LaLaLand to be dumber than bricks and not worthy to educate otherwise.

  44. djchefron: California is 49th in economic freedom. Per Bureau of Labor Stats California unemployment is at 6.5% dated 3/15. National rate 5.4%. Businesses really moving in fast, huh?
    Oh, since Dems always want to rag on GOP governors, especially Pres. prospects, you may want to know the unemployment rate is 4.6% in Wisconsin and 4.2% in Kansas. Texas recently had a year where they created as many jobs as the rest of the country combined.
    Who is creating the jobs?

  45. The Neverending Abortion War: To Anti-Choicers, Women Are So Dumb On Wednesday, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, who is, obviously, Republican, signed into law a tripling of Oklahoma’s waiting period before a woman can get an abortion, from 24 to 72 hours. There are only three clinics left in Oklahoma where women can get surgical abortions. Two of those would have closed had the Oklahoma Supreme Court not blocked the implementation of a law Fallin signed in 2014 that required clinics to have a physician on staff with admitting privileges at a local hospital. – See more at: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/?tw_p=twt#sthash.cLIJAl9H.dpuf

  46. I just want to know when the republican party became so disgustingly and stupidly pro-religion that they became anti-science and anti-medicine. Every time the republican party makes a pro-religion move like that the more liberal I become. The sad part is that I haven’t changed my views. They did.

  47. I’ll address your statement “California is 49th in economic freedom”.

    This is taken from a ranking by the Mercatus Center of George Mason University. The center was founded and is funded by various Koch Family foundations. The university as well is heavily funded by the Kochs.

    Considering the source, this ranking is not surprising.

    I have a strong feeling that the rest of your numbers are equally cherry-picked.

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