Brownback Holds Ceremonial Signings; Pro-Choice Groups React

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)- Governor Sam Brownback held four ceremonial signings of the Dismemberment Abortion Act across Kansas Tuesday.

The signings were held at a Catholic Education Center in Lenexa and Catholic schools in Pittsburg, Wichita and Hays. Brownback was joined by members of the Kansas legislature and representatives of Kansans for Life.

Brownback signed the bill April 7. The signing made Kansas the first state in the nation to ban the procedure critics describe as dismembering a fetus.

Julie Burkhart, Founder and CEO of Trust Women, responded to news of Tuesday’s ceremonial signings by saying “I am profoundly disappointed that Governor Brownback has chosen to hold a publicity tour for this reprehensible law. By signing SB 95, what is better known as the Physician Criminalization and Intimidation Act, he has already demonstrated disregard for the lives and health of Kansas women and their families. Reenacting this bill signing in front of children is not only a publicity stunt, but also spreads hate and disrespect, particularly when 30% of women who have abortions self-describe as Catholic.”

Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri also released a statement saying “Governor Brownback continues to make Kansas an outlier on issues both social and fiscal. His ideological determination to restrict women’s access to their constitutionally guaranteed rights is harmful to women, shameful for all Kansans, and does nothing to distract from the state’s serious economic and social problems created by his policies.”

They continue to say “Rather than spending the day traveling the state touting an extreme abortion restriction opposed by medical authorities nationwide, Governor Brownback should focus on making Kansas a better place for women and families.”