2011 Legislation

Catholic & Protestant Bishops Release Statement on Illegal Immigration

Kansas’ Catholic bishops and two Protestant bishops have released a joint statement examining illegal immigration, and the public policies that address it, from a moral perspective.  The six church leaders are offering the reflection to contribute to the public discussion and to assist in the formation of consciences on the topic of illegal immigration. The […] Read More >>

ACLU Files Lawsuit over Abortion Insurance Prohibition

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the state of Kansas over a new law preventing private insurers from covering abortion (though under the newly signed law, insurers can offer women an abortion coverage rider).  The law was designed to protect ordinary Kansans from having their insurance premiums pay for other people’s abortions. The ACLU […] Read More >>

Legislature, SRS Debate Office Closures

August 5, 2011 | , , | Posted in News/Updates

A legislative committee is seeking further information on the closure of nine offices by the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.  The Department contends that it is merely complying with the Legislature’s mandate to apply administrative cuts and that the closures are the most cost-effective way to manage reduced funding levels while maintaining access […] Read More >>

Judges Block Planned Parenthood Funding Ban, New Abortion Clinic Rules

August 3, 2011 | , , | Posted in News/Updates

A federal judge has temporarily blocked newly signed legislation that would prevent Planned Parenthood — the nation’s largest abortion provider — from receiving taxpayer funds earmarked for family planning purposes.  Kansas’ attorney general has announced that he will appeal the ruling. This action comes on the heels of another federal judge’s order that implementation of […] Read More >>

Planned Parenthood Files Lawsuit Against Funding Ban in Kansas Budget

Planned Parenthood is suing Governor Sam Brownback and KDHE Secretary Robert Moser over language in Kansas’ fiscal year 2011/2012 budget that would effectively prevent the organization from receiving federal Title X family planning funds.  The prohibition on taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, was strongly supported by Pro-Life organizations. Read More >>

New York Approves Same-Sex Marriage Law

New York became the the sixth and largest state in the country to legalize gay marriage, and the third to do so through legislation rather than a court decision.  In a statement, the state’s Catholic bishops decried the Legislature’s decision, saying “Our society must regain what it appears to have lost – a true understanding […] Read More >>

Abortion Clinic Denied License Under Newly Passed Law

Legislation signed by the Governor and set to take effect July 1 has already had an effect: the “Aid for Women Clinic” in Kansas City, KS, one of three abortion providers in the state, has been denied a license to operate that will now be required under the law.  It is believed that the abortion […] Read More >>