“Value Them Both” Kansas Amendment
Unlimited abortion hurts women and babies. Value Them Both will allow Kansans to once again regulate the abortion industry.
For more information, visit www.valuethemboth.com
- Why do we need the “Value Them Both” Constitutional Amendment?
- Current situation of the “Value Them Both” Constitutional Amendment
- The Amendment
- How did my legislators vote on “Value Them Both”?
- What can you do to help?
- Educational Resources on “Value Them Both”
- The link between “Value Them Both” Amendment and Medicaid Expansion
Why do we need the “Value Them Both” Constitutional Amendment?
Since 1973, there has been an estimated 62 million lives lost to abortion in the U.S. Over the last 20 years, thanks to the work of pregnancy resource centers and through the passage of pro-life laws which place “life-saving limits” on the abortion industry in Kansas, our state’s abortion rate has been reduced by almost 50%, to roughly 6,000 per year.
Some of these common-sense and well-supported pro-life laws include providing women with information about a baby’s development and potential health risks associated with abortion, ensuring parents are informed about minors seeking an abortion, and bans on horrific late-term, partial-birth, and taxpayer funded abortions.
In April of 2019, the Kansas Supreme Court issued a ruling on Hodes & Nauser vs. Schmidt that “discovered” a right to an abortion in the 1859 Kansas Constitution. This decision puts at risk all existing pro-life laws that protect women and their unborn children, and clears the way for a nearly unfettered abortion industry in Kansas. This ruling also stripped Kansas citizens of their voice to pass reasonable laws.
The “Value Them Both” state constitutional amendment is the only response that can reverse the ruling. This amendment will not ban abortion altogether, but it will once again allow Kansans, through their elected officials, to enforce our reasonable laws restricting abortion and safeguarding the health of mothers.
To read the text of Kansas Bill SCR 1613 – “Value Them Both Amendment”, click here.
Current Situation of the “Value Them Both” Amendment
This past January, the Kansas Legislature stood up to the abortion industry to support women and babies. They voted to put the Value Them Both amendment on the ballot next year. Now, Kansans will get the final say with a vote on the amendment in August of 2022.
The following statement shall be printed on the ballot with the amendment as a whole:
“Explanatory statement. The Value Them Both Amendment would reserve to the people of Kansas, through their elected state legislators, the right to pass laws to regulate abortion because there is no Kansas constitutional right to abortion or to require the government funding of abortion.
“A vote for the Value Them Both Amendment would reserve to the people of Kansas, through their elected state legislators, the right to pass laws to regulate abortion because there is no Kansas constitutional right to abortion or to require the government funding of abortion.
“A vote against the Value Them Both Amendment would make no changes to the constitution of the state of Kansas and could prevent the people, through their elected state legislators, from regulating abortion in many circumstances. It would leave in place the newly discovered right to abortion first recognized in 2019.”
Click HERE for the full Amendment explanation.
How did my Legislators vote on “Value Them Both”?
Click on this link to find out how members of the Kansas Senate voted: http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2021_22/measures/vote_view/je_20210128171734_032316/
And the Kansas House of Representatives: http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2021_22/measures/vote_view/je_20210122113106_318542/
To find out who represents you at the Statehouse, go to: https://www.votervoice.net/mobile/KSCC/Home
The legislative process for Value Them Both began in 2020 where it passed the Kansas Senate, but came up four votes shy in the House. Every Republican voted YES on Value Them Both except State Senator John Skubal and four state representatives: Rep. Don Hineman, Rep. Jan Kessinger, Rep. Tom Philips and Rep. Bill Pannbacker. Each of these Republican elected officials were either defeated by a challenger in their 2020 primary or made the decision to retire.
What can you do to help?
1. Join the Kansas Rosary Crusade! Our Lady of Guadalupe, please pray for us!
Please join in the Kansas Rosary Crusade until we succeed in the passage of the “Value Them Both” Amendment. To join: https://kansasrosarycrusade.org/
2. Become Educated! Help us share the following resources on “Value Them Both” to raise awareness and help educate your family, friends, and parish community on the amendment.
3. Invite a speaker to come talk to your group. Please contact Debra Niesen in the Pro-Life Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Chuck Weber at Kansas Catholic Conference (email@example.com) to schedule a speaker to present on the “Value Them Both” Amendment.
4. Vote “YES” for the Value Them Both Amendment in August 2022! Encourage your family and friends to do the same!
5. Make a donation toward efforts to help pass the Value Them Both Amendment (please note that contributions of $50 or more will be disclosed in February of 2022). Click HERE to donate.
Educational Resources on “Value Them Both”
1. “Value Them Both” flyer/bulletin insertsValue-Them-Both-Educational-flyer_NEW
Click Here for a printable version of the above flyer.VTB-Correcting-Abortion-Industry-Claims
Click Here for a Printable Version of the above flyer
2. Statement By Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann
Kansas Supreme Court Ruling Discovering a Right to Abortion in the Kansas Constitution
April 27, 2019
Sadly, while the Kansas Supreme Court’s claim to discover a right to abortion in the Kansas Constitution is not surprising, considering the composition of the Court, it is nevertheless shocking. Today’s decision is just the most recent example of an effort to change the very nature of our government. Similar to the United States Supreme Court Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions in 1973, the Hodes & Nauser v. Schmidt decision is an example of imperial courts usurping the role of duly elected representatives to decide public policy on key social issues.
The Court’s claim of a right to abortion lying hidden in the Kansas Constitution for more than 150 years is absurd. The Court’s ruling is more an exercise in creative writing than a serious effort to examine the constitutionality of a statute restricting dismemberment abortions.
Ironically, the Court cites the section of the Kansas Constitution that affirms clearly a right to life, not a right to destroy human life. With the advancements of embryology and ultra-sound technology providing a window into the womb, the scientific evidence affirming the humanity of the unborn child is even stronger than in 1973. The Court’s decision has no basis in law or science.
As the movie“UnPlanned” — which depicts the true story of Abby Johnson’s conversion from a former Planned Parenthood clinic director to pro-life advocate — makes clear, abortion is no friend to women. Abortion providers prey on women at a time of great vulnerability to make a choice that not only kills their child but inflicts deep scars on the hearts of mothers. For women and men who have participated in the abortion of a child, I encourage you to contact the Project Rachel Ministry at 913-621-2199 or firstname.lastname@example.org to assist you in finding healing and peace.
The immediate priority for all Kansans concerned with protecting the lives of unborn children, as well as pregnant women, from an unscrupulous abortion industry is to pass a State Constitutional Amendment aimed at making it impossible for future Courts to contort the Kansas Constitution in an effort to claim it contains a right to abortion. I urge Catholics to join with thousands of other concerned Kansans to work for the passage of a Constitutional Amendment to correct the grave error of the Kansas Supreme Court’s ruling.
Eventually, Kansans who do not wish to be ruled by a judicial oligarchy must also reform the selection process for judges that masquerades as non-partisan, while producing judicial candidates who appear intent on imposing an ideology that was not in the minds of those who wrote the Kansas Constitution, nor is consistent today with the values of most Kansans.
3. Shepherd’s Voice Podcast with Archbisohp Naumann
Listen to the Shepherd’s Voice with Archbishop Nauman and Chuck Weber with an Update on Value Them Both Amendment (recorded March 27, 2020). Click Here To Listen
4. May 14, 2020 LEAVEN Article
Dustin Colquitt, Former KC Chiefs Punter, is featured in this powerful video that educates on the Kansas Supreme Court’s decision on abortion and inspires Kansans to be a voice for the voiceless.
The Link between the Value Them Both Amendment and Medicaid Expansion
Statement made by Speaker Ron Ryckman,Kansas House District 78 – Olathe
On February 7th, the House fell four votes short of putting the Value Them Both Constitutional Amendment on the ballot for voters to decide. Some have said Medicaid Expansion and the constitutional amendment are not related to each other.
However, based on what’s occurred in other states, there is concern at the Statehouse that passage of Medicaid Expansion, without passage of the constitutional amendment, would create a loophole in Kansas that would allow for taxpayer-funded abortions.
Here is how that could happen.
- Expanding Medicaid in Kansas is estimated to move 55,000 Kansans from private insurance to taxpayer funded Medicaid. Under the Kansas Supreme Court decision in Hodes & Nauser v. Schmidt, any state restriction on abortion must pass the highest hurdle of constitutional scrutiny, known as strict scrutiny. Almost no regulations will survive this standard and funding restrictions have already been struck down in other states applying this standard. In fact, our court already cited those decisions favorably in its Hodes decision.
- So with 55,000 people moving to taxpayer funded Medicaid, and our existing restrictions on using those state Medicaid dollars for abortion in jeopardy, there is a very real risk that expanding Medicaid without first addressing the Hodes & Nauser decision results in taxpayer funded abortions in Kansas.
This isn’t just hypothetical.
- Consider Alaska, their state expanded Medicaid in 2015. Since that time, the number of taxpayer-funded abortions steadily climbed from 33 % in 2015 to 44% in 2016. By 2017 51% of the abortions in Alaska were taxpayer-funded. This has been attributed to the fact that, once Medicaid was expanded, Alaskans opted to leave the private insurance they had and switch to taxpayer-funded Medicaid coverage.
Constitutional scholar and attorney Paul Linton testified to the House Health and Human Services Committee on the issue this week. He said, “Given the overwhelming weight of state constitutional authority, it is a virtual certainty the Kansas restrictions on public funding of abortion would be struck down, if challenged on the basis of the opinion in Hodes.”
While others have argued that federal law would prohibit the scenario Linton described, Linton dismissed that argument. He explained that under federal law, in what’s known as the Hyde Amendment, federal taxpayer dollars cannot be used to pay for abortions. However, since Medicaid is funded by a mix of both federal and state taxpayer dollars, the Hyde Amendment does not prevent the use of Kansas taxpayer dollars for abortions if Medicaid expansion were to be implemented without passage of the Value Them Both Constitutional Amendment first.
Some have called the linkage of expansion and the Constitutional amendment a scare or bullying tactic.
But, the fact is, we don’t have to look far to see what has happened in other states.
It’s important for the Legislature to do its due diligence on this issue, and every funding issue, to make sure our decisions represent the intent of how Kansans want their taxpayer dollars spent.