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Update on Wichita radio station’s refusal to air ads for abortion clinic

As we’ve reported in the last few weeks, Clear Channel in Wichita, Kansas, has been refusing to air ads for the local reproductive health clinic, South Wind Women’s Center. The ads, Clear Channel says, are “indecent.” Not indecent? Ads for “male enhancement,” and for local adult book shops (man, that’s a lot of euphemisms. Boner pills and porn, folks).

But, the awesome Women Action and the Media, helmed by friend of the site Jaclyn Friedman, launched a big campaign to get Clear Channel to reconsider their position. A petition, tweets, emails, and a fair bit of totally-merited public shaming, because there is nothing indecent about healthcare, and the people of Wichita shouldn’t be kept in the dark ...

As we’ve reported in the last few weeks, Clear Channel in Wichita, Kansas, has been refusing to air ads for the local reproductive health clinic, South Wind Women’s Center. The ads, Clear Channel says, are ...

Breaking ground in the war on uterus: Kansas also changes tax code to exclude abortion

Vanessa mentioned yesterday that Kansas passed a bill that forces doctors to lie to their patients if they think the treatment they might provide would hurt the health of a fetus. This same bill holds another provision yet to be seen in the fight against abortion– it prohibits patients from deducting the cost of abortion or any supplemental insurance that might cover the procedure. 

The Kansas bill, approved on an 88-31 vote, would prohibit taxpayers from deducting money spent on an abortion or for supplemental health insurance to cover the procedure.

It would bar employers from deducting any money they contribute to a health plan for supplemental insurance coverage of an abortion. It also would ban corporations from taking a tax ...

Vanessa mentioned yesterday that Kansas passed a bill that forces doctors to lie to their patients if they think the treatment they might provide would hurt the health of a fetus. This same bill holds another ...

Utah, Arizona and Kansas pass extreme anti-choice legislation (and the new GOP anthem)

It’s kind of laughable that as GOP denial continues with their whole “the ‘war on women’ is a myth” talking points on the airwaves and talk shows, GOP state legislation continues to dig themselves in a deeper and deeper hole with state legislation that completely screws Americans with uteri and their families. Here are a few tidbits of what’s happened in just the past week:

Tomorrow, the country’s longest waiting period is set to go into effect in Utah, which will force patients to wait 72 hours before getting an abortion. The House of Reps in Kansas just passed a bill that would force doctors to lie to patients about the health risks of abortion, allow pharmacists to ...

It’s kind of laughable that as GOP denial continues with their whole “the ‘war on women’ is a myth” talking points on the airwaves and talk shows, GOP state legislation continues to dig themselves ...

Kansas House set to introduce “personhood” amendment

Adding it to the ton of other states where the fertilized-egg-as-person a.k.a. “personhood” amendments are in the works, but this one could actually result in something. Via AP:

Twenty-five Kansas House members have agreed to sponsor a proposed “personhood” amendment to the state constitution to ban abortion and are close to introducing it, the leader of a group pursuing the measure said Friday.

[...] The proposal would amend the state constitution’s Bill of Rights, to declare that Kansas guarantees “the inalienable rights” of every person, starting with fertilization of the human egg. The Personhood Kansas Committee, the Wichita-area group advocating the measure, sees it as a potential challenge to Roe v. Wade, ...

Adding it to the ton of other states where the fertilized-egg-as-person a.k.a. “personhood” amendments are in the works, but this one could actually result in something. Via AP:

Twenty-five Kansas House members have agreed to ...

Yep, Topeka, Kansas actually decriminalized domestic violence

As I wrote last week, Topeka, Kansas has been weighing the idea of decriminalizing domestic violence to avoid footing the bill for prosecuting the cases. And last night, despite the protests from advocates and incredulous national headlines, the City Council voted to do just that.

The New York Times reports:

By a vote of 7 to 3, the City Council repealed the local law that makes domestic violence a crime.

The move, the councilors were told, would force District Attorney Chad Taylor to prosecute the cases because they would remain a crime under state law, a conclusion with which he grudgingly agreed. The Council also approved negotiations to resolve the impasse.

Several victims of domestic violence spoke against the proposal at the ...

As I wrote last week, Topeka, Kansas has been weighing the idea of decriminalizing domestic violence to avoid footing the bill for prosecuting the cases. And last night, despite the protests from advocates and incredulous national ...

Topeka, Kansas considers decriminalizing domestic violence to avoid prosecuting cases

Last night, in between approving city expenditures and other routine agenda items, the Topeka, Kansas City Council debated one rather controversial one: decriminalizing domestic violence.

Here’s what happened: Last month, the Shawnee County District Attorney’s office, facing a 10% budget cut, announced that the county would no longer be prosecuting misdemeanors, including domestic violence cases, at the county level. Finding those cases suddenly dumped on the city and lacking resources of their own, the Topeka City Council is now considering repealing the part of the city code that bans domestic battery. The thinking here is that the county won’t let domestic violence go unpunished in Topeka and so will be forced to step in and start prosecuting it again ...

Last night, in between approving city expenditures and other routine agenda items, the Topeka, Kansas City Council debated one rather controversial one: decriminalizing domestic violence.

Here’s what happened: Last month, the Shawnee County District Attorney’s office, ...

Good news in Kansas! Judge blocks defunding of Planned Parenthood

Kansas has been facing heavy attacks from anti-choicers this summer, but on Monday a federal judge stood up against one of them:

An incredulous federal judge on Monday rejected the state’s claim that a new Kansas statute that denied Planned Parenthood federal funding did not target the group, ruling that the law unconstitutionally intended to punish Planned Parenthood for advocating for abortion rights and would likely be overturned.

U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten granted the request from Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri for a temporary injunction blocking enforcement of the law, which would require the state to allocate federal family planning dollars first to public health departments and hospitals, and leave no money for Planned Parenthood or similar groups. ...

Kansas has been facing heavy attacks from anti-choicers this summer, but on Monday a federal judge stood up against one of them:

An incredulous federal judge on Monday rejected the state’s claim that a new Kansas statute ...

Kansas Update: One Planned Parenthood clinic to stay open

It looks like the Kansas Health Department has changed its tune.

Late Thursday, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced it will be giving a license to one Planned Parenthood clinic that provides abortions, reports AP. Kate Sheppard confirmed it with PP reps:

Planned Parenthood just announced that the health department has, in fact, decided to grant it a license to continue operating. The PP clinic in Overland Park will remain open. “Notwithstanding that the regulations are burdensome and unnecessary, the findings of the inspection indicate what we have known and said throughout this process: Planned Parenthood operates with the highest standards of patient care and has rigorous safety procedures ...

It looks like the Kansas Health Department has changed its tune.

Late Thursday, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced it will be giving a license to one Planned Parenthood clinic that provides abortions, reports ...

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