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Abortion, Politics and Terrorism

By Kari Ann Rinker
Advocacy | June 16, 2011

WICHITA, Kan. - Wichita and abortion have a long and tumultuous history. The city epitomizes the climate of intolerance against this legal and necessary medical procedure. Wichita was once a town with five abortion clinics. A hostile political climate combined with organized terrorist activity, which ultimately culminated with the murder of Dr. George Tiller has successfully eliminated abortion in the city - for the time being.

We stand ready and waiting for our next physician and abortion rights champion, Dr. Mila Means, to open her clinic and offer the abortion access that this city needs. Meanwhile, the election of a new clan of anti-abortion zealots passing more restrictive laws, combined with the threats of violence against our new doctor leaves our community's fate in the balance.

Everyone is invited to come on June 24 and join Kansas NOW, Dr. Mila Means, Attorney Lee Thompson and Stephen Singular, the author of The Wichita Divide: The Murder of Dr. George Tiller and the Battle over Abortion for a discussion of the intersection of religion, politics, abortion and terrorism.

Event details here...

Time and Date:

7 PM, Friday, June 24

Place:

College Hill United Methodist Church
2930 E 1st St
Wichita, KS

Schedule:

7:00-7:20 Stephen Singular, book discussion.
7:20-7:50 Panel discussion featuring Dr. Mila Means, Reproductive Rights Attorney Lee Thompson & Author Stephen Singular.
7:50-8:10 Community discussion, Q & A
8:10-8:30 Book Signing


5 Comments

Kari, So what are the ultimate goals for your group? If your group could get every law, rule, and funding it wanted, what would those be? How would the world look?


Brad, the National Organization for Women has a long and substantial history of grassroots organizing, public policy development and lobbying.

While the questions you have posed here are good and reasonable ones, it's unlikely that Ms. Rinker will be able to find the time to describe NOW's entire agenda on this page for us.

Therefore, if you wish to learn more about NOW, I'd recommend that you consult these pages:

Priority Issues for NOW

History of NOW

Kansas NOW website

Wichita NOW website



I looked at those links and they only offer a vague outline of NOW's ideas on abortions. Not specifics. For example, should insurance pay for abortions and if so, how much? Should women younger than 18 be allowed to have abortions without parental consent? Should schools be allowed to give out contraceptives without parental consent? If a women is under the age of consent (16 I believe) and is pregnant should police be informed? Should abortion be legal at all stages of gestation? Should abortion clinics be required to report to police any suspected cases of rape, child molestation, prostitution, or sexual exploitation?

These are just a few I can think of.


Brad--Most of those issues you raise are dealt with in state law and local ordinances. In Kansas, for example, anyone who works with children in a public setting and suspects child abuse has to report it to the authorities. Dr.Tiller did this, despite propaganda to the contrary. He also traveled out of state to testify in trials of perpetrators. As a teacher, I also had the legal obligation to do this.

Legality of late term abortion also depends on state law, even though I'm pretty sure NOW guidelines are that abortion should be legal in the last trimester in cases of fetal anomaly, or threat to a woman's life and health. I'm a NOW member, but it's been awhile since I've been actively involved, so I'm not sure what current NOW standards are for late-term abortions.

No school can give students medications without parental consent and a doctor's note. Some of us in Wichita have been working to allow students to get OTC drugs, such as Tylenol or aspirin, during school if they need. Anyone who tried to give birth control pills to a student would be in a world of hurt. I don't know that NOW takes a stand on that, but I do know that NOW members believe in responsible parenting.

As far as reporting prostitution, how would an abortion clinic worker know a woman is a prostitute? The only way to prove prostitution is to catch someone in the act. Both men and women can be prostitutes. You do know that, of course.

If you want to know more, you can go to the NOW website and send them an e-mail. I'm sure someone would respond to you. I've found the NOW staffers to be accomodating when people have questions.


I dont think you understand. I dont want to know what is legal or illegal currently in Kansas. I want to know what NOW's legislative agenda is.

For example I asked what is NOW's position on schools giving out BC with or without parental consent and you say they cannot. Well there are schools that do. For example a district in Portland Maine wants does it for students as young as 11. If NOW is for it, I want to know.

Also on parental consent for abortion - I'd like to know NOW's official line because while you say NOW believes in "responsible parenting" I'd like more specifics. Would they be ok with teenage girls getting abortions without parental consent?

So again Kari, what are your groups ultimate goals?


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