Kansas pro-lifers will ‘redouble efforts’ to help women, protect unborn

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (CNS) — Now that the Worth Them Each constitutional modification has been defeated, an enormous query looms: What’s subsequent?

“This turns our attention to our pastoral efforts,” stated Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas Metropolis. “While we can’t protect women and children from abortion by the law, we can with love.”

“This makes the work of our pregnancy resource centers more important. We need to redouble our efforts in those areas,” he stated. “I and the church are certainly committed to doing that. And our post-abortion ministry becomes even more important.”

The church will have its work minimize out for it.

“Clearly, Kansas is going to grow now as an abortion destination state for the Midwest,” stated Chuck Weber, government director of the Kansas Catholic Convention.

“We, as a church, have to step forward with resources and alternatives, like pregnancy resource centers and post-abortive services, to offer these women who are being preyed upon by the abortion industry an alternative,” he stated.

The Worth Them Each modification would have reversed the 2019 Kansas Supreme Court docket choice that discovered a proper to limitless and unrestricted abortion within the state’s 1859 structure.

The state’s excessive courtroom ruling in Hodes & Nauser v. Schmidt has successfully nullified greater than 20 years of pro-life laws by making abortion a basic proper, putting all abortion-regulating legal guidelines underneath a stricter normal of scrutiny.

Due to the Hodes ruling, legal guidelines banning the stay dismemberment of unborn kids, in addition to legal guidelines requiring clinic licensing and inspections, have been struck down. Extra legal guidelines are anticipated to fall as they’re challenged.

Professional-life activists are “deeply saddened” by the loss, however grateful, too.

“We are profoundly grateful for the countless prayers, volunteer hours and sacrifices that so many across the entire state gave to Value Them Both,” stated Debra Niesen, archdiocesan lead advisor for pro-life ministries.

“We are so proud of everyone who courageously and joyfully advocated for this very noble and important cause — the defense of preborn children and vulnerable women facing an unplanned or challenging pregnancy,” she stated.

Fifty-nine % of Kansans, or 534,134, voted in opposition to the modification, whereas 41%, or 374,611, voted in favor of it.

Anti-amendment forces received the particular election Aug. 2, which additionally was a major, by way of an efficient marketing campaign of concern and misinformation, stated Archbishop Naumann.

“I think we’re in a great cultural struggle right now,” he stated. “Fifty years of legalized abortion in this country has conditioned people to think that there is a right to abortion. What is the right they’re talking about? The right to kill our own children.”

This vote doesn’t imply the state has modified, stated Niesen.

“We do not believe that Kansas has become a pro-abortion state, but we were not able to overcome the millions in out-of-state Money that the abortion industry spent,” she instructed The Leaven, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Kansas Metropolis.

“Sadly, I believe that the majority of Kansans who voted ‘no’ did not fully understand the amendment as a result,” she stated.

Archbishop Naumann stated that “The abortion industry and its supporters were able to concentrate a tremendous amount of resources in Kansas.”

Hundreds of thousands in largely out-of-state money powered the “no” vote.

“More than 70% of the Money spent on their campaign came from outside of Kansas,” the archbishop stated. “Additionally, their campaign was a campaign of misinformation and scaring people with arguments that were absurd.”

The secular Media Help unfold misinformation by reporting the modification would prohibit medical take care of ectopic pregnancies and miscarriages and by calling it an abortion “ban.”

Anti-amendment forces additionally claimed there was no want for Worth Them Each as a result of Kansas has robust legal guidelines regulating abortion.

“They would tout all the limits that the abortion industry fought against in the Legislature,” stated Jeanne Gawdun, director of presidency relations for Kansans for Life.

“They continued to cite these limits, never once saying those limits are now presumed unconstitutional and will be struck down by abortion industry lawsuits,” she stated. “And the mainstream Media was a willing accomplice to spreading this misinformation.”

The U.S. Supreme Court docket’s reversal of the 1973 Roe v. Wade choice in its June 24 ruling of Dobbs v. Jackson Girls’s Well being Group contributed to a really robust turnout in contrast with previous major elections.

“I think it obviously motivated people on both sides of the issue to come out,” stated Archbishop Naumann. “Once more, I’d return to the marketing campaign the opposite facet ran, which was to frighten and scare individuals.

“So, the big turnout in this election was the unaffiliated. A lot of those unaffiliated, from what I could see, voted ‘no’ on the amendment. … It brought out a lot of voters that normally wouldn’t come out in a primary.”

The timing of the Dobbs ruling, coming so shut to the election, fueled not solely turnout but in addition confusion.

“That ruling created a period of confusion in our culture,” stated Weber. “I think Americans are still trying to wrap their heads around what the overturning of Roe v. Wade means.”

“The abortion industry successfully created an environment of hysteria,” he stated, “that fed into their narrative that somehow women would not get proper health care if we passed the Value Them Both amendment.”

Gawdun stated that lots of the youthful technology have been introduced up realizing about stay dismemberment abortion, however “the ones in their late 20s have grown up with this as a so-called right. They were told Value Them Both would take away their right, and it’s not a right.”

Archbishop Naumann often burdened the marketing campaign to cross the modification was an effort to uphold human, moderately than spiritual, rights. And that the Catholic Church had a rightful place in that struggle.

“Religious faith … helps people see the moral implications of these human rights issues,” he stated. “Historically — whether it was slavery or civil rights — (people of faith) have always led the way on human rights causes. But this is what it is, a human rights cause. It doesn’t take religious faith to know that it’s wrong to kill a child.”

Because the church faces the post-election realities, all efforts should draw energy from non secular sources, stated Archbishop Naumann.

“The foundation of everything we do is prayer,” he stated. “The election results drive us to our knees to pray for guidance from the Lord and the Holy Spirit as how we go about building this culture of life and civilization of love, where every life will be respected and cherished — the unborn child and the mother as well.”

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Bollig is a reporter at The Leaven, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Kansas Metropolis.

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