Every day millions of patients receiving legitimate medical care get informed consent. They’re told about the risks and alternatives of a procedure or they hear advertisements that spell out potential side effects associated with medication.
But a judge in Kansas just ruled that Planned Parenthood and other abortion companies don’t have to tell women the risks of abortion or the alternatives.
Never mind that abortions kill or injure women – like the one that killed a Nevada woman late last year.
District Judge K. Christopher Jayaram issued an order blocking this law and another one today.
“The Court has great respect for the deeply held beliefs on either side of this contentious issue,” Jayaram wrote in his 92-page order. “Nevertheless, the State’s capacity to legislate pursuant to its own moral scruples is necessarily curbed by the Kansas Constitution and its Bill of Rights.”
Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Caleb Dalton criticized the a ruling by the Johnson County District Court Monday in Hodes & Nauser v. Kobach that allows Planned Parenthood and other abortionists to temporarily block enforcement of Kansas’ pro-life, pro-woman law, the Woman’s Right to Know Act.
“For decades, women in Kansas have been empowered to make fully informed decisions when it comes to the health of their pregnancies and the consequential decision to end the life of their unborn child,” he told LifeNews.
Dalton added: “These kinds of informed consent laws reflect the long-standing will of the people of Kansas, but Planned Parenthood challenged the law because it impacted their bottom line. Planned Parenthood has made it clear that its goal is to withhold information from women, bypass ultrasounds, and refuse to meet with women before an abortion. Kansans are right to want to protect maternal health and safety and the lives of the unborn, and we will continue defending their interests.”
A full trial will take place next June about the lawsuit abortion activists filed against the pro-life laws.
Since 1997, Kansas has guaranteed reasonable, commonsense measures through the Woman’s Right to Know Act, a law that ensures women undergoing abortion—a procedure with significant risks and momentous effects—do so only after they are fully informed and voluntarily consent. In the case, Hodes & Nauser v. Kobach, Planned Parenthood and other abortionists in the state are challenging the law designed to inform women of the risks and consequences of abortion, as well as the financial, medical, and legal assistance available if they choose life for their unborn child.
The Woman’s Right to Know Act, passed in 1997, ensures that women undergoing an abortion are fully informed of the significant risks involved and voluntarily consent to the procedure. The law also requires that women be provided with information on the financial, medical, and legal assistance available if they choose life for their unborn child.
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“Mothers and their babies deserve the best possible care available to them, and every woman needs adequate time and information to feel empowered to make the best decision for herself and her family,” said ADF Senior Counsel Denise Harle, director of the ADF Center for Life, who will be arguing on behalf of Kansas. “Doctors are oath-bound to do everything they can to protect the life of a patient, and that includes informing pregnant mothers of the science behind the development of her unborn child and the dangers of an invasive procedure like abortion. Kansas rightly enacted these reasonable, commonsense measures, so we are urging the court to uphold them on behalf of all current and future Kansans.”
“Every human life is valuable, every baby deserves to be protected, and every mother needs adequate time and information to feel empowered to make the best decision for herself and her family,” Harle added. “Kansas rightly enacted critical pro-life and pro-woman measures because, without adequate informed consent, pregnant mothers will not be able to meaningfully consider the impact of abortion on themselves or their child. We are urging the court to uphold the state’s duly enacted law on behalf of all current and future Kansans.”
“Kansas, like every other state, has authority to regulate the medical profession as part of its inherent powers to preserve the health, safety, and welfare of its citizens,” the brief, filed with the Johnson County District Court, notes. “It is women, not self-interested abortionists…, who will suffer harm if this Court enjoins the reasonable informed consent requirements of the [Woman’s Right to Know] Act.”
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