Our View: An anti-abortion bill based on lies

DKS Editors

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) is pro-life. He doesn’t agree with abortion and has signed multiple anti-abortion bills.

It must be so easy for him.

As stated previously this week, like so many other men who create, sign and pass these bills, he has never and will never have to face that difficult choice.

According to The Huffington Post: “I am pro-life,” Brownback said. “When I campaigned I said that if a pro-life bill got to my desk, I will sign it. I am not backing away from that.”

This apparently stands even if he doesn’t read the bill, like the 69-page anti-abortion bill sweeping through Kansas he hasn’t read yet.

Another anti-abortion bill — no surprise there. But what we don’t understand are the provisions involved in the bill.

Such provisions include allowing doctors to withhold information from their patients, exempting them from malpractice suits. This involves lying about a health problem of the mother or child in order to avoid an abortion.

Umm … what?

If this withheld information may lead to the death of the mother, a wrongful death suit will follow.

Umm … what?

This bill also requires that women hear the fetal heartbeat before an abortion and be told,“ … Abortions would increase the risk of breast cancer.”

Note: The World Health Organization, the National Cancer Institute and gynecological groups across the U.S. and the United Kingdom have all ruled this as false.

We don’t foresee this bill passing, with tremendous opposition, but the fact that it’s even being discussed is ludicrous.

No matter what your stance is on abortion, if they’re legal, then it’s a woman’s choice (with a man’s opinions/suggestions/arguments considered, depending on the situation).

So, in a nutshell, this bill is a huge lie.

The above editorial is the consensus opinion of the Daily Kent Stater editorial board.