Tell the Kansas Senate:  My Birth Control Decisions Should NOT Be Made By Catholic Bishops!
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Tell the Kansas Senate: My Birth Control Decisions Should NOT Be Made By Catholic Bishops!

    1. Jennifer M Weishaar
    2. Petition by

      Jennifer M Weishaar

      Lawrence, KS

Today the Kansas House passed an extreme, unnecessary and burdensome expansion to the already existing Kansas "conscience refusal" statute. House Substitute for SB 62 seeks to amend an existing Kansas statute changing its clear language relating to pregnancy termination and replacing it with vague language that encourages subjective interpretations allowing for "an effect which the person reasonably believes may result in the termination of a pregnancy".

The intent of House Substitute for SB 62 is clear: it is to expand conscience refusals to include common forms of contraception, including the pill, IUD's, and even emergency contraception. This legislation could even be applied to women in need of emergency contraception after surviving a sexual assault.

House Substitute for SB 62 would allow birth control conscience refusals for individuals, as well as entire institutions. This legislation is part of the continuing contraception discrimination that is taking place all over the nation in the name of "religious freedom."

The existing Kansas conscience refusal laws remain beyond sufficient to protect the rights of individual Kansans to express their "religious freedom". To be clear, the pursuit of this expansion to existing Kansas law is a direct assault on women who use birth control. It would allow complete strangers the opportunity to force their personal faith on any chosen woman, completely ignoring her individual conscience.

HB 2523 is an attack on the individual dignity of women and is sought as a vehicle for shaming and condemning sexual active women. It allows various avenues for individuals to interfere with patient/physician relationships, allowing them to act as medical "gatekeepers".

The original bill was HB 2523- It has been given a new substitute bill number due to this bill being a "gut and go."

"Gut-and-go" is a legislative tactic where a bill is stripped (gutted) of its content, which is then replaced with the contents of an entirely different piece of legislation. In this case the language of H Sub SB 62, a bill regarding asset seizure and forfeiture, was stripped and replaced with the contents of HB 2523.

The "gut-and-go" tactic subverts the legislative practice of fair and open debate in favor of an expedited "up-and-down" vote on the floor of the Senate. Now that the Kansas House has passed H Sub SB 62, the Senate will vote to concur or not concur with the new language contained in the bill. If the Senate votes to concur, then bill will go straight to Governor Brownback's desk to be signed into law.

So we need you to make your call to your Senator today! ASK THEM NOT TO CONCUR WITH HOUSE SUB FOR SB 62!

You can find your Senator's contact info HERE.

If you don't know your Senate district find your Senator here.

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    1. Bill passed, headed to governor. Birth control is now abortion in Kansas.

      Jennifer M Weishaar
      Petition Organizer

      Unfortunately this "conscience" refusal and referral expansion passed the Kansas Senate today, 23-16. The bill will now head to the waiting arms of Governor Sam Brownback. It will obviously be signed into law.

      As the misogynists in the Legislature played this as a simple expansion for doctors who don't want to participate in abortions, the "liberal" media will report this as an abortion bill. It's not. This bill means women who have to have a referral from their primary doctor to see a specialist (ie anyone on an HMO) will now be forced to find out if their primary doctor thinks using birth control means she's going to hell. And refuse her the referral, thereby refusing the prescription. It also means that even if a doctor who works at one of the fantastic Catholic hospitals around our great state thinks birth control is a great drug, said fantastic Catholic hospital can tell the doctor they can't refer for birth control either.

    2. Reached 250 signatures

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    • Crystal Strauss MANHATTAN, KS
      • almost 2 years ago

      All women should have control over their own body. All women should have a CHOICE. No human should be able to take away another human's choice. Period.

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    • stephanie brownell CLIFTON, KS
      • almost 2 years ago

      Several people, including me, use birth control for different reasons. When I was 16, I had one of my ovaries removed due to a large cyst that essentially blocked it's blood flow. I was prescribed birth control pills after this to try to prevent more cysts from appearing. Without the use of the birth control, my doctors believe loss of fertility was a definite possibility. With the direction this bill is taking Kansas, birth control may possibly not even be available to women (and girls), even to assist in problems similar to mine. Please, I ask you to reconsider your position that it is your responsibility to decide whether women should be allowed birth control in any situation.

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    • Jenni Ludwig BOULDER, CO
      • almost 2 years ago

      I was born and raised in Kansas and I want to help the women living in Kansas. Birth control is not abortion. It allows people to keep from having children!!

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    • Jillian Foltyn LAWRENCE, KS
      • almost 2 years ago

      H SB 62 seeks to remove my rights to my own body. The implication that I am possibly seen as morally unjust or merely a vessel to bring life into the world is a direct violation of my rights as a human being. Allowing this measure to pass shows blatant disrespect and shame to every woman, telling us we are not able to make decisions regarding our own physical and mental health. This legislature tells me nothing more than my rights and beliefs about myself and my body aren't worthwhile. My money as a taxpayer is worthwhile, but my individual rights are of no concern.

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    • Linda Israel ROSE HILL, KS
      • almost 2 years ago

      This legislation shows men do not think women are human beings.

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