State of Kansas Archives: on Abortion


Curtis Coleman: Champion of the rights of the unborn

I am 100% pro-life and will be a champion of the rights of the unborn. Abortion is a moral blight on the conscience of our nation and it must be ended.
Source: 2016 Arkansas Senate campaign website, CurtisColeman.com Nov 11, 2015

Chris Koster: Planned Parenthood didn't illegally dispose of fetal tissue

Now we know why it took Chris Koster so long to report on his investigation into Planned Parenthood and the bogus allegations of profiting from the sale of fetal organs and tissue. Koster's work appears to be incredibly thorough. His staff examined the procedure for disposing of fetal tissue at the Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region & Southwest Missouri, the only clinic in Missouri that performs surgical abortions.

`As a result of our investigation, the office of the MO Attorney General has found no evidence that PPSLR has engaged in unlawful disposal of fetal organs or tissue,` the report states.

A state Senate `sanctity of life` committee was formed by Sen. Kurt Schaefer. The Columbia clinic proved to be a productive target for the ruthlessly ambitious Schaefer, a Republican who wants to replace Koster, a Democrat, as attorney general. Schaefer got the Mizzou administration to revoke a doctor's admitting privilege and cause the Columbia clinic to cease performing abortions.

Source: Kansas City Star on 2016 Missouri gubernatorial race Sep 28, 2015

Conner Eldridge: I'm personally opposed, but Roe v Wade is the law

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Conner Eldridge supports the right to an abortion as affirmed by the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court Decision Roe v. Wade. A statement made to KUAR comes just one day after Eldridge said he was "personally" opposed to abortion, with some exceptions:

"Roe v Wade has been law for more than 40 years and I don't think it should be overturned. I have supported restrictions that Congress has imposed over the years, including the Hyde Amendment prohibiting federal funding of abortions. And I will continue to support restrictions that keep abortions exceedingly rare while recognizing exceptions for victims of rape, incest and where the life and health of the mother is at risk."

Eldridge is the first candidate to file in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. Republican incumbent John Boozman both personally opposes abortion and as an elected official wants access to the procedure, granted by Roe v. Wade, ended.

Source: UALR Public Radio on 2016 Arkansas Senate race Sep 10, 2015

Asa Hutchinson: Human life begins at conception

Question topic: Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Hutchinson: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2013 Arkansas Governor campaign Sep 28, 2014

Greg Orman: Supports access to abortion services

Roberts has voted several times for federal restrictions on access to abortion services. He endorsed the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby case in which justices said corporations can decline to cover some medical practices in their employee insurance plans if the corporation believes those practices violate its religious beliefs. "Every American has a right to the free exercise of religion guaranteed by the First Amendment to our Constitution," Roberts said in a statement after the decision.

Orman thinks the Hobby Lobby decision was wrong. "This is a dangerous precedent to set and opens the door to many more court challenges from private employers," his website says. Orman says he supports access to abortion services.

Source: The Kansas City Star on 2014 Kansas Senate race Sep 19, 2014

Pat Roberts: Let insurance plans deny abortions based on employer beliefs

Roberts has voted several times for federal restrictions on access to abortion services. He endorsed the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby case in which justices said corporations can decline to cover some medical practices in their employee insurance plans if the corporation believes those practices violate its religious beliefs. "Every American has a right to the free exercise of religion guaranteed by the First Amendment to our Constitution," Roberts said in a statement after the decision.

Orman thinks the Hobby Lobby decision was wrong. "This is a dangerous precedent to set and opens the door to many more court challenges from private employers," his website says. Orman says he supports access to abortion services.

Source: The Kansas City Star on 2014 Kansas Senate race Sep 19, 2014

Randall Batson: Support abortion as a woman's right

Q: Do you support or oppose abortion as a woman's right?

A: Support.

Source: E-mail interview on Kansas 2014 Senate race with OnTheIssues Sep 19, 2014

Randall Batson: Focus on alternatives such as adoption & foster children

Some families that cannot have children will go to great lengths to do so. Within society there are alternatives, such as adoption and the fostering of children. A voluntary kindred spirit to aid people with social or economic needs is more compassionate. These alternatives to abortion are better than a policy of aggression.
Source: 2014 Kansas Senate campaign website batson4senate.weebly.com Aug 31, 2014

Tom Cotton: AdWatch: I believe in God; and only God has all the answers

Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) is hitting back at Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) in a new ad for questioning his faith. The spot, first shared with The Hill, is aimed at touting Pryor's religious conviction in the heavily religious state--and undercutting months of work Cotton's campaign has put in to bolster his own image with positive ads.

Cotton said last week that Pryor thinks "faith is something that only happens at 11 o'clock on Sunday mornings" in response to the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision over the health care law's contraception mandate. Pryor demanded an apology, but none was forthcoming, and the controversial comments got plenty of local attention.

Pryor's new ad features local news coverage the kerfuffle, interspliced with the Bible verse, "Do not judge, or you too will be judged."

"I'm not ashamed to say that I believe in God, and I believe in His word. The Bible teaches us no one has all the answers, only God does," Pryor says in the ad. "This is who I am and what I believe."

Source: The Hill AdWatch on 2014 Arkansas Senate race Jul 8, 2014

Milton Wolf: Human life begins at conception

Question topic: Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Wolf: Strongly Agree

Question topic: Should abortion be allowed under extenuating circumstances? If so, what circumstances?

Wolf: As a medical doctor, I know that life begins at conception and I believe it should be protected at every stage from conception to natural death. I will fight to achieve that reality as a United States Senator. I am also well aware of the fact that I am judged by my results, not simply my intentions. If a bill where before me that eliminated some abortions but provided exceptions I would vote for that bill because it would save lives today.

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Kansas Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Chad Taylor: No prosecution of Planned Parenthood for lost reports

On February 17, Chad Taylor, the Democrat District Attorney for the jurisdiction of the capital city of Kansas, issued a press release saying he'd not be filing any criminal charges concerning abortion report copies needed for felony prosecution of Planned Parenthood. Because Taylor's declaration of "no harm, no foul" was so full of errors (including essential dates and the job of a key informant), its summary disposition of the matter settled nothing.

Taylor's statement signaled the conclusion of a sheriff's investigation begun in November after it was asserted that copies of state reports from Planned Parenthood that should have been in the Attorney General's office had been destroyed. These copies were compliance reports of late-term abortions, that were subpoenaed under a criminal inquisition.

Kansans for Life is asking Taylor to clear up this mess. This affects the integrity of the as-yet-incomplete prosecution of Planned Parenthood for misdemeanors back in 2003.

Source: 2014 Kansas Senate debate coverage by Kansans For Life Feb 20, 2012

Curtis Coleman: Supports umbilical stem cell research, but not embryonic

I have consistently and strongly supported stem cell research, especially umbilical cord stem cell research, and celebrate reports that more than 70 human diseases are being treated by this technology. I oppose, however, the specific kind of embryonic stem cell research that requires human life to be sacrificed by the destruction of a human embryo. We must be ever vigilant against allowing ourselves to rationalize our way into unjustly terminating life at any stage.
Source: Arkansas 2010 Senate campaign website, CurtisColeman.com Nov 1, 2010

Randall Batson: No state funding for embryonic stem cell research

Q: Do you support state funding for stem cell research?

A: No.

Q: Do you support state funding for embryonic stem cell research

A: No. While I am against embryonic stem cell research, I am not against all stem cell research. Yet I am against state funding for such.

Source: Kansas State Legislative 2010 PVS Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2010

Joe Bellis: Pro-life with no exceptions

Q: Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?

A: Pro-life.

Q: Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?

A: No.

Q: Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?

A: No.

Q: Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?

A: No.

Source: Kansas Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test Sep 25, 2010

Joe Bellis: Supports federal embryonic stem cell research

Q: Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?

A: Yes.

Q: Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?

A: No.

Source: Kansas Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test Sep 25, 2010

Blanche Lambert Lincoln: Boozman's pro-life stance puts rapists over victims

LINCOLN: "Do you believe that the majority of Arkansans agree with your stance that the rights of rapists take priority over the rights of women who they've assaulted?"

BOOZMAN: "I don't know particular bill you're talking about."

LINCOLN: "We've got it in our research and I'd be glad to provide it to you."

BOOZMAN:"I don't think so."

Immediately after the debate the Lincoln campaign provided the following elaboration: "In 2005, Boozman voted against a motion to recommit legislation on parental notification that barred fathers, who committed rape or incest against a minor that resulted in a pregnancy, from being able to sue the doctor who performed an abortion. [HR 748, Vote 143, 4/27/2005]"

Boozman responded by saying the Lincoln camp took that vote out of context: "John Boozman supported The Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA), explicitly provided exceptions for cases where minors were the subject of sexual abuse or other physical abuse by a parent."

Source: Fox News TV-16 coverage of 2010 Arkansas Senate Debate Sep 8, 2010

John Boozman: Opposes transporting minors across state lines for abortion

Immediately after the debate the Lincoln campaign provided the following: "In 2005, Boozman voted against a motion to recommit legislation on parental notification that barred fathers, who committed rape or incest against a minor that resulted in a pregnancy, from being able to sue the doctor who performed an abortion. [HR 748, Vote 143, 4/27/2005]"

Boozman responded by saying the Lincoln camp took that vote out of context: "Boozman supported making it a violation to transport a minor girl across state lines to procure an abortion, if done to evade a parental notification," the campaign says. "HR748 explicitly provided exceptions where minors were the subject of sexual abuse or other physical abuse by a parent. A pro-abortion advocate utilized a procedural tactic designed explicitly to kill the bill. Boozman opposed this maneuver that would have killed sound, prolife legislation. Sen. Lincoln1s efforts to paint Rep. Boozman as an advocate for 'rapists rights' are preposterous and shameful."

Source: Fox News TV-16 coverage of 2010 Arkansas Senate Debate Sep 8, 2010

Bruce Westerman: Pro-life; no exceptions for incest or rape

Q: Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?

A: Pro-life.

Q: Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?

A: No.

Q: Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?

A: No.

Q: Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?

A: No.

Q: Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?

A: Yes.

Westerman adds, "If the woman's life is in imminent danger and both the mother and child are likely to perish then all medical procedures should be available to medical staff to save both or either life."

Source: Arkansas Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Bruce Westerman: Stem cell research ok, but not embryonic stem cell research

Q: Do you support state funding for stem cell research?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support state funding for embryonic stem cell research?

A: No.

Q: Do you support eliminating the state lottery?

A: Yes.

Source: Arkansas Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Jim Slattery: Record in US Congress in support of abortion rights

On the issue of abortion, Jim Slattery, who professes to be a Catholic, has a well-documented record as a U.S. Congressman in support of abortion rights and deregulating the abortion industry. Pat Roberts, on the other hand, has a 100% voting record from the National Right to Life which applauds his staunch stance as an advocate for life and families.
Source: 2008 Kansas Senate Debate in The Kansas Republican Apr 24, 2008

Pat Roberts: Staunch stance as an advocate for life and families

On the issue of abortion, Jim Slattery, who professes to be a Catholic, has a well-documented record as a U.S. Congressman in support of abortion rights and deregulating the abortion industry. Pat Roberts, on the other hand, has a 100% voting record from the National Right to Life which applauds his staunch stance as an advocate for life and families.
Source: 2008 Kansas Senate Debate in The Kansas Republican Apr 24, 2008

Blanche Lambert Lincoln: Take objective approach to judicial confirmation process

HOLT: During questioning from a panel of reporters, Holt, who served one term in the state House before being elected to the state Senate, said he opposes abortion and would not support any judicial candidate who supported abortion rights.

LINCOLN: Lincoln said she tries to take an objective approach to the judicial confirmation process and doesn’t want a judicial candidate “who interprets the laws based on their personal views and political views.”

Source: [Xref Holt] AR Senate Debate in Arkansas News Bureau Oct 29, 2004

Jim Holt: Would not support any pro-choice judicial candidate

HOLT: During questioning from a panel of reporters, Holt, who served one term in the state House before being elected to the state Senate, said he opposes abortion and would not support any judicial candidate who supported abortion rights.

LINCOLN: Lincoln said she tries to take an objective approach to the judicial confirmation process and doesn’t want a judicial candidate “who interprets the laws based on their personal views and political views.”

Source: AR Senate Debate in Arkansas News Bureau Oct 29, 2004

Mike Huckabee: Supports woman’s right-to-know legislation

[We should] provide for every person who’s contemplating the termination of her child during pregnancy that she has information, knowing fully and completely the procedure that is taking place and what it will mean. Commonly called the woman’s right-to-know legislation, it really goes back to school, back to educating people.
Source: 2001 State of the State address to the Arkansas legislature Jan 9, 2001

Mike Huckabee: Pro-life, but respects choice as mandated law

I’m pro life, but I know not everyone agrees with me on that particular topic, and I respect that. I’ll probably never change my conviction on that, and some of you won’t change yours. But in this day in which we talk about choice and the importance of it, surely we can agree that if under the Supreme Court choice is mandated, that choice should be as educated a choice as is humanly possible.
Source: 2001 State of the State address to the Arkansas legislature Jan 9, 2001

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