FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The Value Them Both Amendment is common-sense protection for the women and unborn children in Kansas, but the abortion lobby tries to confuse the issue. Here are clear answers to your questions.
Why do we need to amend the Kansas constitution?
Kansans value both mothers and babies, but in 2019 an activists Kansas Supreme Court created a nearly unlimited “right” to abortion in our state constitution. Every abortion law is presumed unconstitutional. The Value Them Both amendment restores our ability to place basic regulations on the abortion industry and to protect both mothers and babies. We do not want Kansas to become like New York or California, where abortions are allowed up to the moment of birth, paid for with tax dollars.
What does the Value Them Both amendment do?
- It stops painful, late-term abortions and protects other limits on the abortion industry.
- Reverses the Kansas court case that created a nearly unlimited “right” to abortion. Every reasonable regulation of abortion in KS may soon be struck down. Value Them Both restores our Kansas Constitution.
- Value Them Both safeguards laws that help women and babies.
What kind of protections are at stake?
- Parental notification: Pregnant teenage girls need advice from their loving moms and pediatricians, not traveling abortionists. Value Them Both guarantees parents, not strangers, guide their daughters.
- Clinic and Abortionists Licensing: The abortion industry fights all efforts to hold them to even the most basic health and safety standards and can’t be trusted. An abortionist in Kansas ran surgical instruments through a kitchen dishwasher and performed abortions in a carpeted office. No matter what choice a woman makes, she at the very least deserves to know the history of her doctor and that she will receive care from a trained medical professional, not a back-alley, traveling abortionist. Value Them Both helps prevent such medical abuse of women.
- Restrictions on abortions in the second and third trimester: Abortions can and do happen late into pregnancies using more and more brutal methods. Value Them Both can open the door for laws to go into effect that ban things like live dismemberment abortions. We run the risk of Kansas allowing the use of tax dollars to perform abortion on healthy babies up to the moment of birth.
- Informed Consent: Every woman has the right to know who is going to perform surgery on her and the risks involved. Value Them Both respects informed consent.
What does the Amendment say?
“Because Kansans value both women and children, the constitution of the state of Kansas does not require government funding of abortion and does not create or secure a right to abortion. To the extent permitted by the constitution of the United States, the people, through their elected state representatives and state senators, may pass laws regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, laws that account for circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or circumstances of necessity to save the life of the mother.”
How can I get involved?
- Contact your church and ask your pastor to talk to church members about it.
- Ask if you can pass out information about Value Them Both at your church or civic organization.
- Talk to your family and friends!
- Sign up to be a grassroots volunteer.
What about current laws around taxpayer funded abortion?
- Value Them Both would ensure that the state of Kansas cannot force you to pay for abortions through your tax dollars. The legislature passed a law in 2013 to protect your state dollars from paying for abortion. However, because of recent court rulings, this restriction could soon be struck down and you could be forced to pay for abortion with your tax dollars
- Value Them Both has no effect on federal funding. The Hyde Amendment currently protects federal Medicaid dollars from being used for abortion, but it does NOT affect state dollars. However, there are members of Congress, along with President Biden, who are calling for the overturn of the Hyde Amendment. If this happens, it will be even more important that we protect our state dollars with Value Them Both.
Does Value Them Both ban abortion?
- Value Them Both simply allows you through your elected officials to continue to place limits on the abortion industry, as we have done for the last five decades. It does not ban abortions.
What about hard cases like rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother?
- First of all, any act of violence against women, especially rape, is a tragic and difficult situation. Value Them Both empowers women, especially those who have been victims, by giving them all the information regarding their pregnancy. This amendment does not change any current laws regarding abortion in Kansas — especially in cases regarding rape or other difficult circumstances.
- Value Them Both simply allows current laws to stand and protects the right of the people through their elected officials to study, debate, and vote on abortion regulations, including those that involve horrible abuse of women.
Will this effect treatment for miscarriages, ectopic pregnancies, or restrict contraceptives.
No. Anti-Amendment forces want to make this campaign about anything but painful late-term abortions and keeping reasonable limits in place in Kansas. They are waging a campaign of confusion.
Kansas has a very clear legal definition of abortion!
- The treatment for an ectopic pregnancy is NOT an abortion.
- The treatment for miscarriage is NOT an abortion.
- The treatment for septic uterus is NOT an abortion
Since U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe, why do we even need Value Them Both?
In 2019 the liberal Kansas Supreme Court declared that abortion is an unlimited right and every limit on abortion is now presumed unconstitutional. Abortion limits are being struck down one-by-one and Kansas is a destination for extreme abortions.
Since 2019 abortions have increased by 13% and half of our abortions are performed on out-of-state residents coming to Kansas.
Does Value Them Both create any laws?
No. Value Them Both is a state constitutional amendment that restores the legal standard in abortion cases. It does not create any new laws. It will however protect existing commonsense and broadly supported laws regarding abortion that Kansas has enacted over the past 25 years.
Isn't abortion already heavily regulated?
Because of a radical 2019 Kansas Supreme Court ruling, every limit on the abortion industry is presumed unconstitutional and our laws limiting live dismemberment abortions and requiring abortion clinic inspection and sanitation standards have already been struck down. If Value Them Both does not pass, virtually all laws regulating the abortion industry will fall and the Kansas City Star has reported we could see a 1000% increase in abortions in our state. Value Them Both will keep Kansas from becoming a permanent destination for abortions.