Kansas Monitor - May 1

Kansas Monitor - May 1

Dear supporter,

Lawmakers returning to Topeka today for veto session wasted no time in their attempt to overturn Governor Kelly’s veto of a medication abortion “reversal” bill. Just this morning, the Senate voted to override the veto, so the bill now moves to the House. Gov. Kelly said the bill will, “interfere with the relationship between patients and their physicians.”

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Kansas Monitor - April 11

Kansas Monitor - April 11

Dear supporter,

As you know, we’ve spent the past few months fighting HB 2274, the medication abortion “reversal” bill. Before session ended last week, the legislature managed to pass this bill in both chambers by sticking it in a Conference Committee Report (CCR SB 67) and moving it quickly to the floor. No warning. No hearings in the Senate. Just a last-minute attempt to pass legislation targeting women’s access to health care.

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Kansas Monitor - March 25

Kansas Monitor - March 25

Dear supporter,

Last week, after an extraordinary, bipartisan effort, the Kansas House passed Medicaid expansion 69-54. This is a huge step towards ensuring that 130,000 Kansans get access to the health care they need and deserve.

An amendment was added to the bill forbidding Medicaid funds for abortion services. The federal Hyde Amendment already forbids taxpayer funding for abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or threat to a woman's life. The ability to access safe, legal abortion should not depend on how much money someone makes or where they live. This amendment is a direct attack on women with low incomes in Kansas and their ability to access health care.

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Kansas Monitor - March 1

Kansas Monitor - March 1

Dear supporter,

Last week, the House Health and Human Services Committee had a hearing on House Bill 2274, which would require physicians to provide patients with information about a dubious and experimental protocol called medication abortion “reversal.”

Medication abortion “reversal” is unproven, untested, and could put women’s health at risk. The committee was under a tight timeline to work the bill and move it to the House floor. They missed their deadline, but the bill has been “blessed” by House leadership, meaning they could work the bill at any point this session. A companion bill introduced in the Senate has also been “blessed.”

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Kansas Monitor - Feb. 19

Kansas Monitor - Feb. 19

Dear supporter,

The Kansas legislative session is picking up — that means more bills targeting reproductive health and rights.

Last week, the Senate debated and passed SCR 1606, a resolution condemning New York’s Reproductive Health Act. The New York law was a huge victory for reproductive rights, removing abortion from the state’s criminal code and adding state-level protections for New Yorkers who need access to safe, legal abortion. With so much uncertainty about the future of Roe v. Wade, this is a trend we can expect to continue in more progressive states.

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Kansas Monitor - Jan. 28

Kansas Monitor - Jan. 28

Dear supporter,

Today, anti-abortion politicians introduced a constitutional amendment that would effectively outlaw abortion in Kansas if Roe v. Wade were overturned.

This bill has 21 sponsors, and guess what? They’re all men.

With Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, we know that the future of reproductive rights is in jeopardy. Politicians who wish to end access to safe, legal abortion know that Roe is on the line — so they’re launching an extreme attack.

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Kansas Monitor - Jan. 23

Kansas Monitor - Jan. 23

Dear supporter,

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.

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