Kansas Senate cmte passes new abortionist info mandate
by Kathy Ostrowski
Should Kansas abortion clinics continue to deny basic data about their abortionists from women considering abortion?
The Kansas Senate Federal State Affairs committee said “no!” to that on Wednesday morning.
With only the ranking minority and the two newest senators in opposition, the committee passed SB 98/ the DISCLOSE ACT. Committee chairman, Sen. Jacob LaTurner (R-Pittsburg), (photo left), said he expects it will likely be voted on by the full Senate next week.
SB 98, the DISCLOSE ACT, updates the 1997 Kansas Woman’s Right to Know statutes by requiring that the abortion consent form reveal a few essentials about each abortionist, including year of medical degree, state residency, and whether he/she has local hospital privileges.
Women in Kansas considering abortion are completely in the dark about the practitioner that will be assigned to them by the abortion clinic. Kansas abortion appointments are made with a single phone call or email contact.
Paperwork designed by each clinic that supposedly covers the legal requirements of informed consent is available online. But the clinics’ consent forms really do not properly embody the intent of the Woman’s Right to Know law when they list all staff abortionists and have the woman estimate her gestational age.
Some of the data about Kansas physicians in the DISCLOSE ACT can be found– with diligent effort –on the state website of the Kansas Board of Healing Arts. Too bad that the Board uses only half of the categories recommended by The Federation of State Medical Boards for physician profiling (see: here and here)
Pro-abortion testimony in Tuesday’s hearing showed grave ignorance of the principles of voluntary and fully informed consent. Testimony generally whined that the proposed simple disclosures were “unnecessary”, “absurd”, “redundant” and “prejudicial.” Poppycock.
WOMAN, NOT CLINIC TO CHOOSE INFO
A woman has a complete right to choose her physician by balancing factors she considers relevant in the abortion context. These include a practitioner’s gender, age, training, skill (or lack of it), length of time he/she has been working at that clinic, and whether he/she can participate in possible emergencies at the hospital.
The Kansas abortion clinics may indeed be embarrassed to disclose information that shows:
- four of the seven Kansas abortionists are 75-78 years of age;
- four (or fewer) of the seven have local hospital privileges;
- one clinic has had 100% turnover in abortionists in only 3 years;
- one abortionist was told by the Healing Arts Board not to practice ob/gyn.
Abortion consent forms under existent statute KSA 65-6710(b) must be printed in a typeface large enough to be clearly legible.
Kansas abortion clinics, however, have been playing games with the forms as to font sizes and colors and inserting opinion statements meant to undermine the mandated facts. That forced SB 98 to insure that the disclosures are in 12 pt. Black ink, Times New Roman font. To remedy potential mischief of black type on black background, Sen. Rob Olson (R-Olathe), (photo above, right), amended SB 98 to insure the form prints out on white paper.
Read more about the new SB 98 here.