Stand with the people of Kansas. Women’s health care is not “indecent”

Stand with the people of Kansas today, who deserve access to information about how to get all kinds of safe and legal health care. Just cut, paste and send the tweets below to the three Wichita Clear Channel stations refusing to run South Wind Women’s Center’s ads. It will take you less than a minute to stick up for the people of Wichita. 

Your listeners don’t think women’s health care is “indecent,” @1021TheBull. Listen to Kansas.‪#‎changethechannel‬ http://www.womenactionmedia.org/stand-with-the-people-of-kansas/

Your listeners don’t think women’s health care is “indecent,” @channel963. Listen to Kansas. #changethechannel http://www.womenactionmedia.org/stand-with-the-people-of-kansas/

Your listeners don’t think women’s health care is “indecent,” @b98wichita. Listen to Kansas. #changethechannel http://www.womenactionmedia.org/stand-with-the-people-of-kansas/

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GOP War On Women Stigmatizes Patients While Closing Clinics

Julie Burkhart of Trust Women Foundation, and Tammi Kromenaker, director of Red River Women’s Clinic in North Dakota, talk with Rachel Maddow about how patients and practitioners are weathering clinic-killing TRAP laws that are the new strategy in the GOP war on women’s health services.

Wichita pastor seeks dismissal of stalking petition filed by clinic’s founder

Julie Burkhart, the founder of Trust Women, was earlier granted a temporary stalking order against Mark Holick. The Trust Women Foundation raised money to recently open South Wind Women’s Center, which will offer abortions up to 14 weeks of pregnancy.
Burkhart wrote in her petition that Holick had pointed a sign toward her house Feb. 15 that said, “Where’s your church?’
“My former boss was murdered in his church,” Burkhart said in the petition filed in Sedgwick County District Court.
Burkhart said in an interview with The Eagle that she interpreted the sign to be a threat against her. She had worked for George Tiller, a Wichita doctor who was shot and killed in his church by an anti-abortion activist May 31, 2009. Scott Roeder was convicted of murder in the case and is serving a 50-year sentence.
Burkhart said in her hand-written complaint that Holick was “engaging in behavior meant to scare and intimidate me. He also uses violent language, which I take very seriously.”
Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/2013/04/11/2757681/wichita-pastor-seeks-dismissal.html#storylink=cpy

Nothing says #prolife like “Let me stalk you and fear for your life in peace!”

Wichita pastor seeks dismissal of stalking petition filed by clinic’s founder

Julie Burkhart, the founder of Trust Women, was earlier granted a temporary stalking order against Mark Holick. The Trust Women Foundation raised money to recently open South Wind Women’s Center, which will offer abortions up to 14 weeks of pregnancy.

Burkhart wrote in her petition that Holick had pointed a sign toward her house Feb. 15 that said, “Where’s your church?’

“My former boss was murdered in his church,” Burkhart said in the petition filed in Sedgwick County District Court.

Burkhart said in an interview with The Eagle that she interpreted the sign to be a threat against her. She had worked for George Tiller, a Wichita doctor who was shot and killed in his church by an anti-abortion activist May 31, 2009. Scott Roeder was convicted of murder in the case and is serving a 50-year sentence.

Burkhart said in her hand-written complaint that Holick was “engaging in behavior meant to scare and intimidate me. He also uses violent language, which I take very seriously.”

Nothing says #prolife like “Let me stalk you and fear for your life in peace!”

A recent YouTube video posted by David Leach from the anti-choice group Army of God should cause local law enforcement officials to raise their local terrorist alert to red. The video is a recording of a recent jailhouse conversation with Scott Roeder, the convicted murderer of Dr. Tiller. What follows is a partial transcript.

Leach: If someone would shoot the new abortionist like Scott shot George Tiller back in the Operation Rescue days, people called him Tiller the Killer, hardly anyone would appreciate it, but the babies. It will be a blessing to the babies, everyone else will panic. Of all places to open up a killing office, to reopen the one office in the United States more notorious for decades than any other is an act of defiance against God and the last remaining remnants of reverence for human life. It is what the Supreme Court classifies as “fighting words,” like throwing lard in a Mosque, burning a cross in a Black neighborhood, or immersing a cross in urine at taxpayers’ expense. It is a reckless act. It is not the act of someone who values their own safety. It is a gauntlet thrown down, by someone who wants a fight. Of course, I don’t know if anyone will pick up the gauntlet. I didn’t know Scott would act, before he did.

Roeder: It is a little bit death-defying for someone to walk back in there. For Julie “Darkheart” to walk back in there and reopen a murder mill where a man was stopped. It’s almost like putting a target on your back, saying, “Well, let’s see if you can shoot ME! I have to go back to what Pastor Mike Bray said: If 100 abortionists were shot, they [surviving abortionists] would probably go out of business. I think eight have been shot, so we’ve got 92 to go. Maybe she’ll be number nine. I don’t know, but she’s kind of painting a target on her.

The video is obviously a message to abortion terrorists near and far. Scott Roeder even bestows Burkhart with a sinister name, “Julie Darkheart,” a la “Tiller the Killer.”

Read more.

Kansas Inmate Claims Anti-Choicer Asked Him to Firebomb the Home of Dr. Means
Robert Campbell, an inmate in Sedgwick County, Kansas has asserted that domestic terrorist Angel Dillard asked him last year to firebomb the house of Dr. Mila Means, an abortion provider who sought to help fill the void in access to safe abortion care in Wichita, Kansas after the assassination of Dr. George Tiller.

Kansas Inmate Claims Anti-Choicer Asked Him to Firebomb the Home of Dr. Means

Robert Campbell, an inmate in Sedgwick County, Kansas has asserted that domestic terrorist Angel Dillard asked him last year to firebomb the house of Dr. Mila Means, an abortion provider who sought to help fill the void in access to safe abortion care in Wichita, Kansas after the assassination of Dr. George Tiller.

Kansas Republicans Mock Rape Exceptions For Abortion Restrictions As ‘Little Gotcha Amendments’

Your daily reminder that Republicans just don’t get two things: abortion rights and rape.

The Kansas legislature is advancing anomnibus abortion billthat would, among other things, define life as beginning at conception in the state constitution and place unnecessary restrictions on abortion providers in the state.HB 2253has already passed the House, and looks poised to gain enough support to sail through the Senate— but only after Republicans rejected several key amendments to soften the measure, including a provision to add exceptions for rape and incest to the state’s existing abortion restrictions. Top Republicans decried those provisions as “little gotcha amendments.”

Senators discussed the bill for more than two hours on Monday. There were several proposed amendments up for debate — a rape and incest exception, a provision ensuring that women won’t be prosecuted for using birth control even if the state officially redefines life with a “personhood” amendment, and a measure to remove HB 2253′s requirement that doctors tell women about ascientifically disputed linkbetween abortion and breast cancer. All of them were rejected.

“These amendments are little gotcha amendments,” Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce (R)said during the floor debate. “I’m getting a little irritated at it.”

If you’re getting irritated at keeping rape survivors in mind, imagine how the people who actually got raped feel.

Anti-Choice Kansas Omnibus Bill Passes House With All Amendments Rejected 
Elise Higgins, state co-coordinator for Kansas NOW told RH Reality Check via email:

This 70-page bill has 40 provisions, ranging from restrictions on who can work in schools and 12 new taxes on abortion to a lie connecting abortion to breast cancer. HB 2253 would be harmful on its own, but on top of 20 other abortion regulations in Kansas, it’s devastating. Worst of all is the Kansas house’s overwhelming rejection of an amendment that would have exempted pregnancies resulting from rape and incest from anti-abortion statutes. Kansas government is without compassion or common sense, and women and their families will suffer for it.

Anti-Choice Kansas Omnibus Bill Passes House With All Amendments Rejected 

Elise Higgins, state co-coordinator for Kansas NOW told RH Reality Check via email:

This 70-page bill has 40 provisions, ranging from restrictions on who can work in schools and 12 new taxes on abortion to a lie connecting abortion to breast cancer. HB 2253 would be harmful on its own, but on top of 20 other abortion regulations in Kansas, it’s devastating. Worst of all is the Kansas house’s overwhelming rejection of an amendment that would have exempted pregnancies resulting from rape and incest from anti-abortion statutes. Kansas government is without compassion or common sense, and women and their families will suffer for it.

The Koch Brothers and Kansans for Life: The Alliance That Killed the Kansas Moderate

Written by Kari Ann Rinker for RH Reality Check. This diary is cross-posted; commenters wishing to engage directly with the author should do so at the original post.

Kansas has long been known as a place where extreme anti-choice legislation, fierce anti-woman rhetoric, and overall insanity is produced by the bucketful and, believe it or not, that extremism is about to be taken to an unprecedented level.

In fact, the residents of Kansas should prepare to feel the g-force of the radical right’s strategized rush to bring to fruition their goal of becoming the most socially and fiscally regressive state in the nation. The energy behind this fundamentalist g-force is being supplied by the Koch brothers, the Chamber of Commerce and, of course, the ever present influence and drive of the anti-choice groups within the state.

The political decimation of the moderate Republican in Kansas has been getting a lot of national press. The showdown has been seen as inevitable since the election of Kansas’ first radically conservative Governor.  So how did the state of Kathleen Sebelius and Nancy Kassebaum turn into the state of Brownbackistan? It is hard to fathom, especially in light of Governor Brownback’s dismal polling.  The following is from Kansas political scientist Dr. H Edward Flentje.

Surveys show Brownback’s approval ratings to be low, most recently in the mid-30s among all registered voters with disapproval near 50 percent. His approval among independent voters is even less favorable. Independent voters, who number 500,000 in the state, have the potential to swing this referendum against Brownback and his allies.