Kansas: The First Abortion-Free State?

abortion-masterKansas is apparently set to become conservative Christianity’s Mecca. Via Mother Jones:

If new guidelines from the Kansas health department are enforced, the last three abortion clinics in the state could be forced to shut their doors this summer. A court fight over the rules is almost inevitable. But anti-abortion groups like Operation Rescue are already claiming success in making Kansas “the first abortion-free state.”

The state’s latest approach—with its remodeling requirements and so forth—is often referred to as “Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers.” TRAP laws are intended to make it difficult, if not impossible, for clinics to operate, and they have become increasingly common around the country.

The new requirements require facilities to add extra bathrooms, drastically expand waiting and recovery areas, and even add larger janitor’s closets, as one clinic employee told me—changes that clinics will have a heck of a time pulling off by the deadline. Under the new rule, clinics must also aquire state certification to admit patients, a process that takes 90 to 120 days, the staffer explained. Which makes it impossible for clinics to comply. And clinics that don’t comply with the rules will face fines or possible closure.

Women seeking abortions already have a tough time in Kansas, where providers face death threats and evictions. Earlier this year, the state approved one law banning abortion after 20 weeks gestation, and another restricting private insurance coverage for abortions.

33 Comments on "Kansas: The First Abortion-Free State?"

  1. DeepCough | Jun 24, 2011 at 6:28 pm |

    Well, that’s just great, because now people are gonna start flocking to Oz to perform backalley black magic abortions by a disfigured munchkin.

  2. DeepCough | Jun 24, 2011 at 2:28 pm |

    Well, that’s just great, because now people are gonna start flocking to Oz to perform backalley black magic abortions by a disfigured munchkin.

  3. Someone in power should use our democracy to force Kansas to open up 15 more clinics.
    Or let Kansas use its sovereignty to run itself. Whatevs. 

  4. Someone in power should use our democracy to force Kansas to open up 15 more clinics.
    Or let Kansas use its sovereignty to run itself. Whatevs. 

  5. Someone in power should use our democracy to force Kansas to open up 15 more clinics.
    Or let Kansas use its sovereignty to run itself. Whatevs. 

  6. Hadrian999 | Jun 24, 2011 at 8:31 pm |

    one more reason to stay the hell out of kansas

  7. Hadrian999 | Jun 24, 2011 at 8:31 pm |

    one more reason to stay the hell out of kansas

  8. Hadrian999 | Jun 24, 2011 at 4:31 pm |

    one more reason to stay the hell out of kansas

  9. Hadrian999 | Jun 25, 2011 at 2:06 am |

    whether or not you support pro life or pro choice camps you should be concerned that the kansas state government is willing to use targeted harassment  to avoid constitutional boundaries. today it’s abortion, what will it be tomorrow.

  10. Hadrian999 | Jun 24, 2011 at 10:06 pm |

    whether or not you support pro life or pro choice camps you should be concerned that the kansas state government is willing to use targeted harassment  to avoid constitutional boundaries. today it’s abortion, what will it be tomorrow.

  11. Penguins4life | Jun 25, 2011 at 2:28 am |

    Good now people cant use it as a form of birth control.

  12. Penguins4life | Jun 24, 2011 at 10:28 pm |

    Good now people cant use it as a form of birth control.

    •  oh yeah, cause that is the only conceivable reason anyone would seek an abortion.

      Come back when after you get raped and sing that song again.

    • This comment is just plain ignorant. Obviously the only reason a woman would get an abortion is as birth control. Yeah. Sweet. Like there aren’t any VALID MEDICAL REASONS for having an abortion early-term. And valid reasons including the risk of domestic violence or discrimination because a woman gets pregnant. Is it supposed to happen? No. But getting pregnant while you’re using protection isn’t either.

  13. Now all 2,853,116 people living in Kansas can expect a population increase from local births, because no one in the right mind would move there.

  14. BuzzCoastin | Jun 25, 2011 at 12:48 am |

    Now all 2,853,116 people living in Kansas can expect a population increase from local births, because no one in the right mind would move there.

  15. dubass fuckstan | Jun 25, 2011 at 5:01 am |

    Hi, I’m a fundamentalist christian, and I want to use my rights as an excuse to take away someone else’s. 

  16. dubass fuckstan | Jun 25, 2011 at 1:01 am |

    Hi, I’m a fundamentalist christian, and I want to use my rights as an excuse to take away someone else’s. 

  17.  oh yeah, cause that is the only conceivable reason anyone would seek an abortion.

    Come back when after you get raped and sing that song again.

  18. that is totally disgusting

  19. that is totally disgusting

  20. http://www.nytimes.com/1989/10/13/us/rape-and-incest-just-1-of-all-abortions.html

    You have the weakest argument. If you should be able to abort all children because one percent are products of rape then anyone who is violently attacked should be able to carry a weapon and murder their attacker. 

  21. This will cause an increase in late-term abortions as woman will need time to work around the law, good going Kansas

  22. This will cause an increase in late-term abortions as woman will need time to work around the law, good going Kansas

  23. DeepCough | Jun 27, 2011 at 5:55 am |

    Well, Kansas does strike me as something of a 2nd Amendment state.

  24. Gaddafi is the new ruler of Kansas!!!!

  25. Gaddafi is the new ruler of Kansas!!!!

  26. This comment is just plain ignorant. Obviously the only reason a woman would get an abortion is as birth control. Yeah. Sweet. Like there aren’t any VALID MEDICAL REASONS for having an abortion early-term. And valid reasons including the risk of domestic violence or discrimination because a woman gets pregnant. Is it supposed to happen? No. But getting pregnant while you’re using protection isn’t either.

  27. This comment is just plain ignorant. Obviously the only reason a woman would get an abortion is as birth control. Yeah. Sweet. Like there aren’t any VALID MEDICAL REASONS for having an abortion early-term. And valid reasons including the risk of domestic violence or discrimination because a woman gets pregnant. Is it supposed to happen? No. But getting pregnant while you’re using protection isn’t either.

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