As an OB-GYN who delivered more than 5,000 babies over a 25-year career, I cannot begin to find words to express the sadness that I and many others are feeling after Kansas voters dealt an enormous blow Tuesday to efforts to protect the sanctity of life.

urged Kansans to vote “yes” on the Value Them Both Amendment to value the life, health and safety of moms and unborn babies. Amending the state constitution would have allowed Kansas elected officials to place commonsense limits on abortion. But the radical left predictably stepped up its efforts to back the abortion industry. Kansas voters rejected the amendment Tuesday.

I want to thank everybody who worked so hard to support this amendment. Their work was important and unfortunately became dangerous – including when one Kansas teenager was shoved and punched in the face while knocking on doors on behalf of Students for Life.

I hope this incident and the outcome of Tuesday’s vote do not hinder the community’s dedication to the sanctity of life, and to the fight to protect the lives of moms and unborn babies.

I certainly respect the process and the voices of all Kansans, but this is not the last chapter of this book. We must not rest. There is much work to be done to support moms through those difficult times when they are contemplating abortion and decide instead for life.

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It’s not easy being pregnant, especially for teenagers and single women, who have significant extra social, nutritional, physical and emotional needs. Each of us needs us to be good neighbors, a voice of hope, and to reach out and give them all the help we can.

Having started and supervised multiple family planning clinics, I can tell you that Republicans and Democrats must work together and continue to work for more and earlier access to prenatal care and proper nutrition, as well as child care and attending to all the social challenges a young single or married mom faces.

Family planning opportunities need to be expanded, and mothers need greater access to services that will support them and their baby throughout and after pregnancy.

While life-affirming medical clinics already outnumber abortion clinics, we can and will do more to help them. I look forward to bipartisan cooperation, to being part of the solution to maternity issues, all of which began prior to Tuesday’s vote in Kansas and the Supreme Court’s recent decision.

Finally, I recognize family planning and access to contraception will be as important as ever. As I have in the past, I will continue to support robust funding for community health centers and the county health departments like those I once volunteered at and oversaw.

I have dedicated my entire professional life to providing for the health and safety of moms and babies, and I’m not going to let them down now. I remain as dedicated as ever to doing everything in my power as a U.S. senator to protect life at all costs.

LifeNews Note: Senator Roger Marshall practiced medicine in Great Bend, KS for more than 25 years. As an OB/GYN, he delivered more than 5,000 babies, giving him a deep appreciation and passion for the sanctity of life and an intimate understanding of the healthcare system. During his time in medicine, Senator Marshall was more than a physician. For 25 years, he was a business owner who signed a paycheck every other week for a practice that grew from 5 people to eventually more than 300.

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