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I Stand with Planned Parenthood

WICHITA, Kan. - A few committed students from Wichita State University took it upon themselves to organize a rally in support of Planned Parenthood. They were compelled to do so as they watched the recent national and state attempts to defund the organization that is often the only access point to obtain low cost reproductive health care for many low income college students and other low income women within their community.

Shanna Kay Crowe contacted me and asked me to speak at the rally. I accepted and was inspired to see so many men and women across all spectrum of age, gathered to voice support for this important organization. Local media covered the event and gave great exposure to this great cause. Several people commented on the speech I gave, so I have included its text below.

A Peak Into the Future

SALINA, Kan. - Vowing to fight voter apathy Kansas City-area attorney Chris Collibash announced his candidacy this morning for the office of Kansas Secretary of State, the state's chief elections officer.

In an announcement before a huge crowd of supporters Collibash stressed the need to take measures to increase voter turnout. "Many Americans have fought and given the ultimate sacrifice for this the most sacred right of citizens in a democracy. And as we speak and freely gather here today we have soldiers on duty in foreign lands safeguarding this right."

Professionally Collibash is an immigration lawyer. He has spent the past decade assisting immigrants, frequently individuals of modest means, with their efforts to seek legalized status and/or citizenship.

Saying that voter turnout in recent years should embarrass all Kansans he pledged to engage all citizens in a search for ways to boost the numbers of voters who regularly go to the polls.


Dr. George Tiller
WICHITA, Kan. - Apparently anti-abortion fanatic Angel Dillard can intimidate and threaten Dr. Mila Means. A federal judge maintains that Dillard's violent rhetoric is really not all that threatening and thus is political speech to be protected.

History should not repeat itself in Wichita. For too many years public officials allowed threatening mailers, violent rhetoric, confrontational protests and other abuses to be hurled against Dr. George Tiller. This protected speech escalated until Dr. Tiller was murdered. One would hope that those same public officials would have learned how words can be the trigger to physical violence. As Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. stated: "Freedom of speech is not absolute." Dillard's irresponsible speech leaves little doubt that her words were not loaded with bad intentions.

The Politics of My Uterus

TOPEKA, Kan. - Dare I say it? Uterus. According to the Florida assembly, it's a four letter word.

Across the nation, the word (and the body part) has increasingly been made the government's business. Recently, it's the Kansas government's claim to ownership of my baby making parts that makes me livid. This year alone, our state saw it fit to introduce several abortion related bills.

TOPEKA, Kan. - Over the weekend a friend of mine dropped off some strange but comical legislation going through committee in the Kansas Senate. The bill turns into a piece on guns, but begins out as a pretty vague and comical piece of legislation.

Senate Bill No. 149 states, "(Kansas) reserves to the state and people of Kansas certain powers as they were understood at the time that Kansas was admitted to statehood in 1861. The guaranty of those powers is a matter of contract between the state and people fo Kansas and the United States as of the time that the compact with the United States was agreed upon and adopted by Kansas in 1859 and the United States in 1861."

Through my erroneous laughter I fantasized of a world where these state senators outlawed federal legislation since the year 1861.

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