TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Gov. Sam Brownback is urging the new president and top congressional leaders to adopt nationwide similar pro-life laws as have been enacted in Kansas.
Calling Kansas a "Culture of Life" state, Brownback wrote, "We have enacted into law seventeen pro-life laws championing the dignity of life. I ask you to consider the following measures to consider the following measures to protect life."
In the letter, which was sent Friday to President Donald Trump, Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), and House Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) advocated for four policies:
- Defund Planned Parenthood;
- Enact the Pain Capable Act: The act would ban abortions after twenty weeks. Brownback argued fetuses could feel pain after this point, therefore abortions would be "cruel and unusual punishment;
- Ban Dismemberment Abortions: The ban would cover dilation and extraction abortions, which Brownback called "barbaric." He pointed out Kansas was the first to pass the ban. However, the ban has never gone into effect and arguments over its constitutionality is set to go before the state Supreme Court in March;
- Ban Sex-Selective Abortions: The ban would prevent fetuses from being aborted because of their sex.
"We cannot delay. The time to take action is now," Brownback contended. "With the new administration in Washington and both houses of Congress controlled by pro-life majorities, we must grasp the opportunity to proclaim and protect the dignity of life."
Brownback also pointed to a recent Marist poll that he said showed a majority of Americans, regardless of party affiliation, support restrictions on abortion.