This week, we celebrated the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. With this monumental decision from the U.S. Supreme Court, countless women gained access to safe, legal abortion. But that hasn’t stopped politicians from attacking a woman’s basic right to make her own health care decisions without government interference.
It is more important than ever to fight for policies that protect access to abortion. With Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, and the Trump-Pence administration continuing to attack access to care, states are a critical backstop to the further erosion of Roe.
In the 2018 election, Kansas women turned out in record numbers, electing reproductive rights champions like Congresswoman Sharice Davids (KS-03) and Governor Laura Kelly. Voters made their priorities clear — they want more access to health care and policies that protect their rights and freedoms. We know that Planned Parenthood supporters like you worked hard to elect candidates who share your values. In fact, Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes talked to a whopping 70,000 voters this election cycle — our largest total ever in Kansas.
Now that the legislature is back in session, it’s time to get back to work.
Last week, Governor Kelly unveiled her budget, and it’s just what she promised Kansans on the campaign trail: Medicaid expansion, more resources to reform our foster care system, and fully funded K-12 public schools. She also signed an Executive Order reinstating discrimination protections for LGBTQ state employees and expanding those protections to state contractors. Planned Parenthood could not be more pleased to have a Governor who supports equality for all Kansans and who believes that everyone deserves access to health care, no matter their zip code or their income.
We have seen no abortion restriction bills yet this session, but we know they’ll come. And we’re prepared to fight back against any measure that would undermine Roe and harm Kansas women who need access to safe, legal abortion.
Supporters like you are joining Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes at the state house on February 5 to talk to our elected officials about reproductive health and rights. Will you join us?
We’re also hosting a screening of the Netflix documentary Reversing Roe this Saturday, January 26. Dr. Colleen McNicholas, a Planned Parenthood provider who is featured in the film, will join us for a Q&A after the screening. Register now to attend.
I hope you will stay involved with Planned Parenthood through the 2019 legislative session. As we celebrate the progress we’ve made, let’s remember that the most important fights are still ahead of us.
See you in the field,
Regional Director of Public Policy & Organizing
Gov. Laura Kelly signs order for LGBT protections, The Topeka Capital-Journal
Dr. Leana Wen, Planned Parenthood's new president, discussed the importance of the states in protecting access to abortion care.
“It's working on all fronts - it's working in the courts; continuing our work in the ballot boxes; pushing our states to repeal the bad laws [and[ to put forward proactive legislation to expand access.”