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Susan Wagle on Abortion

 

 


Prohibit dismemberment abortion except for life of mother

Legislative Summary: SB95: The bill prohibits the performance of or the attempt to perform a dismemberment abortion unless the procedure is necessary to preserve the life of the pregnant woman or a continuation of the pregnancy would cause a substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function.

Analysis by Topeka Capital-Journal: Kansas doctors will be banned from performing a procedure used in 8% of the state's abortions. The legislation bans so-called dismemberment abortions, prohibiting the use of dilation and evacuation--techniques that can result in parts of the fetus being severed apart. About 600 abortions are performed in the state annually using the procedure. Kansas is the first state to ban the procedure.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 31-9-0 on Feb/20/15; State Sen. Susan Wagle co-sponsored bill and voted YES; Passed House 98-26-1 on Mar/25/15; Signed by Governor Sam Brownback on Apr/7/15.

Source: Topeka Capital-Journal analysis: Kansas voting records SB95 , Feb 20, 2015

Favors tightening parental consent laws

Legislative Summary: HB 2035 requires parental consent for abortions involving minors; and expands abortion reporting requirements. The term "fetus" in the law is changed to "unborn child," and a new definition of "human being" is added. Informed consent [will] require the additional statement that the abortion will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique living human being.

Analysis by ThinkProgress.org: HB 2035 would require parental consent for anyone under 18 to have an abortion. Current law requires that one parent be notified, but neither parent can veto a daughter's abortion. Unsatisfied with tightening parental control, the GOP included provisions that allow family members to sue doctors and force women to agree that they're terminating a human being.Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 24-15-1 on Mar/23/11; State Sen. Susan Wagle voted YES; Passed House 100-22-3 on Mar/29/11; Signed by Governor Sam Brownback on Apr/27/11

Source: ThinkProgress.org analysis of Kansas HB 2035 voting records , Mar 23, 2011

Restrict late term and partial birth abortions

SB218: AN ACT concerning abortion; regarding restrictions on late term and partial birth abortion:

NationalPartnership.org article on bill sponsor: According to Rep. Lance Kinzer (R), the debate over abortion rights should continue in the state because some laws aimed at restricting abortion access are not being enforced properly. Kinzer pushed legislation (S.B. 218) to strengthen the state's restrictions on abortions performed later in pregnancy.

A.P. in Taiwan News on veto message: Sebelius argued that doctors could have faced criminal prosecution even if they tried to comply with the law. She said that would "lead to the intimidation of health care providers & reduce access to comprehensive health care for women, even when it is necessary to preserve their lives and health."

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 82-43-0 on Apr/3/2009; Passed Senate 25-11-4 on Apr/3/2009; State Sen. Susan Wagle voted YES; Vetoed by Governor Sibelius on Apr/23/2009

Source: Associated Press on Kansas legislative voting record SB218 , Apr 3, 2009

Rated 100% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-life stance.

Wagle scores 100% by the NRLC on abortion issues - Kansans for Life

OnTheIssues.org interprets the 2006 NRLC scores as follows:

About the NRLC (from their website, www.nrlc.org):

The ultimate goal of the National Right to Life Committee is to restore legal protection to innocent human life. The primary interest of the National Right to Life Committee and its members has been the abortion controversy; however, it is also concerned with related matters of medical ethics which relate to the right to life issues of euthanasia and infanticide. The Committee does not have a position on issues such as contraception, sex education, capital punishment, and national defense. The National Right to Life Committee was founded in 1973 in response to the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision, legalizing the practice of human abortion in all 50 states, throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy.

The NRLC has been instrumental in achieving a number of legislative reforms at the national level, including a ban on non-therapeutic experimentation of unborn and newborn babies, a federal conscience clause guaranteeing medical personnel the right to refuse to participate in abortion procedures, and various amendments to appropriations bills which prohibit (or limit) the use of federal funds to subsidize or promote abortions in the United States and overseas.

In addition to maintaining a lobbying presence at the federal level, NRLC serves as a clearinghouse of information for its state affiliates and local chapters, its individual members, the press, and the public.

Source: NRLC website 06n-NRLC on Dec 31, 2006

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