Thereâ€™s positive news today for pro-life advocates in states of Kansas and Indiana.
Abortion politics could take a new twist in Kansas with a budget plan that would make the state the first in the nation to strip funding from Planned Parenthood.
Budgets winding their way through the Legislature would redirect about $300,000 in federal family planning funds from Planned Parenthood to state and local health clinics.
Now, this is the same segment of Planned Parenthood currently associated with the lawsuit charges of 164 counts of violations of the law.
In an ethics trial that is seeking to determine in part whether Kline acted too aggressively to enforce Kansas child rape laws in his capacity as Attorney General or Johnson Co. District Attorney, Kline just revealed to the court under oath that he found 166 instances during a specific time period when girls younger than 14 years old got abortions at clinics owned either by late-term abortionist George Tiller or Planned Parenthood of Overland Park.
But during that same time period, Kline testified, Planned Parenthood reported only one case of child rape, and Tiller reported only one case of child rape.
Family Research Center President Tony Perkins explains why the kind of example being set in Kansas is promising:
With a pro-life leader at the helm, Kansas is boldly going where no state has gone before. Under a new budget proposal, local legislators are trying redirect the $300,000 in federal funds for Planned Parenthood and farm it out to local health clinics that havenâ€™t been implicated in criminal cover-ups,â€ he said. â€œIf Congress wonâ€™t pull the multi-million dollar rug out from under the abortion giant, Governors like Sam Brownback will. If Brownbackâ€™s budget is as popular with legislators as it is with voters, July 1 would be the date that Kansas declares its independence from Planned Parenthood.
The likelihood that this legislation will be passed into law in Kansas is relatively high, given Gov. Brownbackâ€™s stand on the pro-life issue.
Over in the state of Indiana, the situation is just as promising but a bit more uncertain.
Abortion advocates in Indiana, theÂ Indianapolis Star reports, warn that the senate’s move could jeopardize $4 million in federal “family planning” funds. They argue that violating a federal law that prohibits the states from choosing who provides services to Medicaid patients imperils that funding
TheÂ Star makes clearÂ that abortion supporters will use the funding threat to scare Gov. Mitch Daniels, who doesn’t much care for social issues, into vetoing the funding cut for Planned Parenthood. That would put Daniels, who says Republicans and conservatives mustÂ declare a “truce”Â on social issues, squarely in the position helping an organization that is responsible for more violence against children in the womb than any other.
When Daniels made the â€œtruceâ€ comment, he dug himself into something of a hole with social conservatives.Â Apparently, pro-abortion supporters believe that they can use his words against him to back him into a corner on this issue.
Then again, if Daniels has any genuine intentions of running for President in 2012, passing this piece of legislation into law could go a long way to digging himself out of that hole, too.Â At the very least, it would say that he isnâ€™t willing to enable an agency that engages in illegal activity in order to promote abortions by providing them with taxpayer funds for these purposes.
Both bills are in process as this is written, so nothing has been finalized as of yet.
Hereâ€™s to saying a special prayer that both Governor Brownback and Governor Daniels will make a wise choice in redirecting the usage of these funds.