Kansas pro-lifers counter misinformation on Value Them Both amendment


Amendment 2 will be included in the Kansans primary polls on August 2. This is the first national vote on abortion in the United States since the Dobbs decision.

Some of the characterization errors surround what constitutes an abortion, Northcott said. “They try to say that [treatment] ectopic pregnancy, removal or treatment for miscarriage, treatment for septic uterus, things like that, are abortions; they try to assimilate them.

One of the core values ​​of going door to door to speak with voters has been “having an open conversation with people. Cutting campaign rhetoric and having a real conversation with people has been really incredibly valuable,” Northcott said.

“We had individuals who said they were pro-choice, and they thought it was going to be a 100% ban on abortion. Either way, when you have the conversation about the laws that currently exist on the books, people are like, “You know, that’s very reasonable,” he explained.

“Every one of our laws in Kansas was passed with bipartisan support, and that’s really where the people of Kansas are. They want limits on the abortion industry and that’s the conversation you have with people; Kansans will say, “Yeah, that’s where I am.” Not the scare tactics on the other side.

The 2019 court ruling that prompted the Value Them Both amendment has already led to the reversal of two Kansas laws, Northcott said; one banning live dismemberment abortion and one imposing clinic-specific licensing standards. A law requiring the in-person prescription of a medical abortion is currently being challenged.

In addition to misinformation from opponents of the amendment, the campaign was marred by intimidation and attempts to silence pro-life Kansans.

Churches have been vandalized and “yes” signs have been repeatedly defaced or stolen, and sometimes even replaced with “no” signs.

A defaced sign supporting the Value Them Both amendment outside Most Pure Heart of Mary Parish in Topeka, Kan., July 27, 2022. Carl Bunderson/CNA

Haverland of Most Pure Heart of Mary said the parish sign had been spray painted more than 10 or 12 times.

“We won’t let these things dampen our resolve,” he said. ” We continue. Everyone with a small sign has been robbed at least once.

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“The tension is palpable,” he added.

The organization leading the campaign against the amendment, Kansans for Constitutional Freedom, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday.

The Newport family made a habit of bringing the sign from their lawn each evening. She commented on how heartwarming it was when a group of Most Pure Heart men sat outside several nights after Dobbs’ decision to protect the church’s sign in favor of the amendment.

“So many people are fighting the good fight,” she said. Some churches put plastic around their signs to support and protect them, or put messages on electronic signs, and some Kansans placed signs on tall tree branches to deter would-be vandals.

Newport also expressed a guess that there are more people supporting the amendment who have not put up signs, due to vandalism; some have also given up on having signs in their yard after having them stolen so often.

Opponents of the amendment sought to “silence an opposing point of view”, Northcott commented.


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