Thursday, September 29, 2011

Here's What's Wrong With Kansas

The challenge to the third of three new Kansas anti-abortion laws was thrown out today by U.S. District Judge Wesley Brown. The law originally took effect July1st and prohibits insurance companies from offering abortion coverage as part of their general health plans, except when a woman's life is at risk. Those who want abortion coverage would have to buy supplemental policies, known as riders, covering only abortion.    The ACLU challenged the new state law on the grounds that the new law was imposing further obstacles for woman to get an abortion.  Supporters of the insurance restrictions for abortion argue that people who oppose abortion shouldn't be forced to pay for such coverage in a general health plan. The ACLU also argues that the law is discriminatory because men can buy a general health plan for all of their reproductive needs.

The fact is Governor Sam ‘Every Sperm is Sacred’ Brownback, the evolution denier, is showing once again what is wrong with Kansas.  He is using the repressive reactionary legislature to deny basic services granted by the U.S. Supreme Court.  The argument that people that oppose abortion shouldn’t have to pay for that coverage is a thinly veiled anti pro-choice argument.   We are talking about private insurance companies, not public benefits, a clear and present danger to big government dictating what the private sector can and cannot do in the way of products and services.  Governments at any level imposing their moral code on the citizens is not what this country was founded on and in fact this more in line with Sharia Law.

Secondly, so if you oppose something on moral grounds you can ask the government to intercede in such a way that exemptions and mandates become commonplace.   For instance, I am for home schooling, therefore I shouldn’t pay school taxes; my company’s health plan covers drug and alcohol rehabilitation but I morally oppose alcohol and drugs therefore I want my government to step in.

The other two new laws– one dealing with stricter abortion clinic regulations and the other stripping federal funding from a Planned Parenthood chapter – have been temporarily blocked by two other federal judges pending trial on their constitutionality.  When you put these three laws together it is quite obvious that Kansas wants to control and monitor the womb and ban abortions across the board.

By the way, 104 year old Judge Wesley Brown was nominated to the Federal Bench by President John F. Kennedy.  We thank you for your service, but it is time to move on.

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