I have tried to write this post several times since Tuesday, I think I am calm enough now.
On Tuesday our governor, Kathleen Sebelius, vetoed a bill known as the Comprehensive Abortion Reform Act (CARA), despite it passing by wide margins in both the house and the senate.
To put it simply, the CARA legislation would provide for better enforcement of the late-term abortion laws and reduce teen abortions. Despite the relative conservatism of Kansas, "Dr." George Tiller's clinic in Wichita has become the national hot spot for women seeking late term abortions. Tiller has done well skirting existing laws in order to be sure no unborn baby in the third trimester makes it out of his abortuary alive.
The CARA legislation covers 17 areas of abortion law meant to limit the number of abortions, give women more information and protect parental rights.
Redeemer member and House Rep. Lance Kinzer is the prime sponsor of the bill, you can read his statements and reactions on his very informative site here. The Lord has gifted Lance with a sharp intellect, but more importantly, a sensitive spiritual maturity. I am so grateful for Lance's steadfastness on this and other issues. In many ways he has restored my wobbly faith in politicians.
I am not skilled in reading legal documents, but as I understand it, The CARA measure includes the Teen Protection Act, which the Kansas House approved in 2006. It goes after people who sexually abuse teenagers and take them for abortions to cover up their crimes. The measure also requires abortion mills to check IDs of minors and companions, report child sexual abuse to state officials, report incest to law enforcement, and notify the custodial parent of a pregnant minor's intended abortion. Finally, the bill also includes a provision requiring abortion practitioners to allow women an opportunity to see an ultrasound of their unborn child, something almost always left out of pre-abortion "counseling" sessions. There are other details in the bill aimed at addressing a number of unethical if not unlawful tactics used by late-term abortionists.
It seems to me CARA would mostly work to tighten up existing laws in turn effectively reducing the number of late-term abortions carried out in our state. Sebelius' veto of this bill really shows her true colors. She likes the money she receives from pro-abortion sources and is no doubt working for a spot on the cabinet of potential president Obama. She has to maintain her 100% pro-abortion stand, she certainly is consistent.
Lance Kinzer released this statement in reaction to the Governor's veto-
“The decision to veto CARA is a tragedy for women who will continue to be exploited by an industry that places profit above respect for human life. Sadly in Kansas it is not only the abortion industry itself, but the government agencies that are charged with regulating them, that have consistently ignored Kansas law and made our State the late term abortion capital of America . This veto will serve to further the tragedy of abortion in Kansas . CARA passed both the House and Senate by substantial margins because it represents exactly the kind of reform necessary to protect women and enforce existing law. I will do everything in my power to work to override this veto.”
So, the prayer now is for Lance and Company to be successful in overriding Sebelius' shameful veto. He is hard at work, take a look at the effort here.
I have no personal angst for Kathleen Sebelius, I realize her thinking is the fruit of a sin-soaked culture and she represents the opinion of many people. Still, in the eyes of God, I am sure what she has done in vetoing this bill is shameful and wrong.
Acceptance of human sacrifice is always the marker of a culture that is terminally ill. May God grant us repentance as a nation before His longsuffering ends.