After being advertised in two local newspapers and with over 1300 invitations sent on Facebook, a “pro-choice” rally at the Kansas Statehouse attracted only 30 abortion proponents. The rally was sponsored by Speak for Choice which bills itself as a “reproductive justice” organization. The group allies with other progressive so-called “social justice” groups in order to increase participation:
Join Speak for Choice at the Topeka Capitol on September 7th in speaking out against recent anti-abortion legislation in Kansas.
We will also be registering voters!
Other wonderful organizations that are rallying and allied with us are Trust Women, Planned Parenthood, Kansas NOW, The ACLU, the MainStream Coalition, and The Kansas Young Democrats. And more to come. (If your group is interested in allying with Speak for Choice, please contact us. We are more than happy to reach out to more groups!)
Despite this attempt to organize major opposition to pro-life legislation in Kansas, the event appears to have been an abysmal failure when it comes to attendance numbers as the local Lawrence Journal-World paper reported only “about 30” showed up. Event organizer Leslie Goodwin said in a video interview here that “this was our big rally.”
Rally sponsor Speak for Choice characterizes pro-life legislation designed to protect both women and their unborn children as an “attack” on the “bodies” of women and claims that such legislation will “force a woman to give birth to a child.”
“We’re defending against a legislative and cultural attack on our lives, futures and even our bodies,” said Kaspian Zero, a single mother from Kansas City.
Diane Wahto of Wichita said women must have the choice to decide their fate. “It is immoral and unjust to force a woman to give birth to a child she can’t take care of,” she said.
Abortion is a procedure wherein the body of an unborn child is always attacked and murdered. Abortion always results in the death of a child and poses major risks to women, as well.
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The State of Kansas has enacted multiple pro-life bills since Governor Sam Brownback took office, including a fetal pain bill, an ultrasound bill, and a bill to strip funding from Planned Parenthood. Considering that the number of people who showed up to protest the legislation was far fewer than the number of members of the Kansas State Senate, it appears that the Kansas legislature has the solid support of the people of Kansas as they take positive steps in bringing about a culture of life in the Sunflower State.