A Des Moines anti-abortion activist has publicly proclaimed that “it will be a blessing to the babies” if someone shoots the people who recently reopened a Kansas abortion clinic.
Dave Leach’s comments are being denounced by the leader of Iowa’s largest anti-abortion group, who says such talk is immoral and hurts the cause.
Leach posted the comments this month on YouTube. His posting includes a recorded phone conversation he had with another man, whom Leach identifies as abortion opponent Scott Roeder. Roeder is serving a life prison sentence for the 2009 shooting death of the Wichita clinic’s then-owner, Dr. George Tiller.
Leach has previously suggested that other men were justified in killing other abortion providers. He notes in the video that Tiller’s old clinic was recently reopened by a new abortion agency.
At this point it’s almost comical, as Republican politicians just can’t seem to stop themselves from spewing racial slurs in public: Gile drops ‘n’-word at meeting.
Saline County Commissioner Jim Gile said it was a “bad choice of words” Tuesday when he used the expression “nigger-rigging it” in a heated discussion with Commissioner John Price.
Gile, 68, who is serving his first term after taking office in January, used the phrase during a discussion about whether to hire an architect to design repairs to the county’s Road and Bridge Department building.
In a recording made by County Clerk Don Merriman of the study session, Gile, who is white, can be heard to say the county needed to hire an architect to design the improvements rather than “nigger-rigging it.”
Gile said he grew up around the term, but it is something he shouldn’t have used.
“I am not a prejudiced person,” Gile said Friday. “I have built Habitat homes for colored people.”
Gile said he also has a close friend whom he regards as a sister who is black.
“I don’t ever do anything bad and don’t know how to do anything bad. People know I am not,” he said.
A Republican lawmaker has added his voice to those criticizing Gile for his remarks. State Rep. J.R. Claeys (R-Salina) said that Gile’s remark and the fact that it was backed up during the meeting raises concerns about the county government, which he called “dysfunctional.” He also said that Gile’s attempt to use his age to mask the comment is unacceptable, noting that people should know that the term he used is discriminatory.
“I think every citizen in our county should take a long, hard look at every individual in that room who allowed those comments to slide without immediately correcting and repudiating, not one, but multiple comments that are absolutely unacceptable in private, let alone a public meeting,” Claeys told HuffPost. “This speaks to a systemic problem with the makeup and operation of county government that is already viewed as a good ol’ boys club and needs to be dismantled by the people in such a way that it can no longer operate in this manner.”
President Barack Obama won reelection in 2012, but that hasn’t stopped the GOP from blocking the President’s social agenda at every turn. In turn, Democrats have largely blocked the GOP war on women at the federal level, and just this past week a federal judge ruled that day-after pills must be made available over the counter.
Gov. Sam Brownback, a former US Senator from Kansas, gave the GOP weekly address this week, and he identified how the GOP intends to carry out its misogynistic and brazen assault on abortion rights and the overall social agenda.
If they can’t do it at the federal level, they’ll roll back the rights at the state level.
“A week ago nearly a third of the world’s population celebrated Easter, the resurrection of Jesus. New life. Well, we need new life in our nation and economy.
“Washington is broke. Big spending programs are running out of money and change is coming. The ideas on how to fix the federal government are now percolating in the states, 30 of which are led by Republican governors.
“You see, you don’t change America by changing Washington—you change America by changing the states. And that’s exactly what Republican governors are doing across the country—taking a different approach to grow their states’ economies and fix their governments with ideas that work.
“They involve a more focused government that costs less. A taxing structure that encourages growth. An education system that produces measurable results. And a renewed focus on the incredible dignity of each and every person, no matter who they are.
“Now, take my state, Kansas, as an example.
Kansas is “leading” the way on this front with laws that are intended to outlaw abortion and cause a fight all the way to the Supreme Court in the hope of overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
That’s the ultimate goal here. It isn’t just to make it prohibitively difficult, expensive, and flat-out illegal, to obtain an abortion in Kansas. It’s to get the courts to uphold the Kansas law so that the Supreme Court will have to take the case.
Mind you, the Kansas law essentially chases IVF doctors and practices out of the state because the disposal of any embryos that the biological donors do not want would meet the definition of “unborn child” for purposes of the law.
(2) “Unborn children” or “unborn child” shall include all unborn children or the offspring of human beings from the moment of fertilization until birth at every stage of biological development.
There are also the tax and other consequences of defining a child from a zygote onwards, but Kansas legislators and Gov. Brownback have no interest in sussing them out.
The goal is outlawing abortion and imposing their rigid views on everyone else.
At the same time, the Republicans in Kansas and across the country have been replete with ideas to shift economic burdens on to those who are least able to afford them, while giving substantial and massive tax breaks to everyone else.
Consider Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s proposal to eliminate the state corporate and personal income tax. To do so, all while keeping the budget revenue neutral, would require substantial increases on the state sales and use tax, excise taxes (like on tobacco) and his proposal has even caught the ire of state businesses, who understand that a broad tax base with multiple revenue fronts (corporate/personal/sales/excise taxes) results in a more stable tax base than one that consolidates the taxes under one form. It would result in a massive tax break for the wealthy, while imposing significant harm to everyone else.
Jindal’s attempted to salvage his plan despite cratering popularity by suggesting that there would be a rebate for low-income residents.
Far right anti-immigrant Mitt Romney campaign adviser Kris Kobach is trying to have President Obama removed from the ballot in Kansas. And the reason for this extreme move is … Birtherism.
A GOP-controlled board in Kansas is trying to decide whether to remove President Obama from the state ballot over objections about his birth certificate.
The State Objections Board — consisting of three of the state’s top Republican elected officials — ruled Thursday it did not yet have enough information and postponed a decision until Monday.
“I don’t think it’s a frivolous objection,” Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach told the Topeka Capital-Journal. “I do think the factual record could be supplemented.”
Obama has long battled questions about the authenticity of his birth certificate and the legitimacy of his presidency. He released his long-form birth certificate, showing that he was born in Hawaii, in August 2011. At the time, Obama said he was trying to end the “silliness” that has been sparked by people known as “birthers” who doubt he was born in the United States.
Kobach is an informal adviser to GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who has said repeatedly that he believes Obama was born in the United States. The state attorney general and lieutenant governor are also on the Kansas Objections Board.
This is what’s going to happen in state after state where the Republican Party is passing illegal and/or unconstitutional legislation to suppress women’s rights: Judge orders Kansas to restore funding to Planned Parenthood.
The “party of fiscal responsibility” has wasted enormous amounts of money and time on these laws. It’s the clearest illustration of the GOP’s true agenda, which has very little to do with the economy or government spending, and very much to do with radical right wing social engineering.
A federal judge ordered that funding for Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri be restored immediately, after a new state law stripped it of funding for non-abortion activities.
A provision in the Kansas budget prioritized family planning funding for clinics that did not perform abortions over those clinics that did, meaning that the region’s Planned Parenthood clinics would go un-funded for the majority of their services. The group would lose an estimated $330,000 in funding per year under the new regulation.
Earlier this month, when the lawsuit between Planned Parenthood and the state began, the state had requested permission to deliver monthly reimbursement payments to Planned Parenthood instead of the usual quarterly lump sum the clinic receives.
U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten ruled Tuesday evening that the state would have to continue funding Planned Parenthood and that they would do so on the previous quarterly schedule. Without the funding, Planned Parenthood said that their clinics in Hays and Wichita would be unable to provide services beyond this week.
Marten wrote in Tuesday’s order (PDF) that the status quo between the state and Planned Parenthood must be restored, including the payment schedule. Reimbursements “would have the effect of undermining the plaintiff’s ability to maintain its current level of services.”
“The court finds no injury to the defendants in maintaining the prior payment schedule, as they will be providing funding in a manner consistent with prior practice between the parties, and to an organization which has consistently provided satisfactory family planning services,” the order continued.
The state had previously refused to pay any taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood this month, and had in fact reappropriated the money that the clinics usually received elsewhere. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment shifted $204,000 to the Sedgwick County health department’s non-abortion family planning services program.
Another front opens up in the Republican Party’s total war on women’s rights, as Kansas’s religious fundamentalist Governor Sam Brownback appoints a lawyer for one of the nation’s most hateful and extreme anti-abortion groups, Operation Rescue, to the state health board that oversees abortion providers: Brownback Taps Lawyer for Anti-Abortion Activists for State Medical Board.
Brownback has tapped Rick Macias, a lawyer that has represented the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue, to serve on the Kansas Board of Healing Arts. Operation Rescue is a national group that moved its offices to Kansas in 2007. The group moved in order to focus their opposition work on Dr. George Tiller, who provided late-term abortion services in his Wichita clinic until an anti-abortion extremist murdered him in his church in May 2009.
The 15-member Board of Healing Arts handles licensing for medical doctors, physical therapists, and other health care providers. Macias would serve on the board through June 2014.
Macias has represented anti-abortion activists in cases dating back to the early ’90s in which they were accused of trespassing at Tiller’s clinic to protest. He has also represented Kansans for Life in court. Macias has a private firm specializing in adoption services, and his website includes the tag line, “Your Baby, Your Choices!” He has also supported anti-abortion electoral candidates through the Kansans for Life Political Action Committee. His brother, Archie Macias, currently serves as the treasurer of the PAC.
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What the hell is wrong with these people?
Kansas GOP legislator (and associate pastor) Pete DeGraaf, while arguing in favor of yet another insanely restrictive anti-abortion bill and against allowing abortions for rape victims, actually compared getting pregnant from rape to getting a flat tire.
Rep. Pete DeGraaf, a Mulvane Republican who supports the bill, told her: “We do need to plan ahead, don’t we, in life?”
Bollier asked him, “And so women need to plan ahead for issues that they have no control over with pregnancy?”
DeGraaf drew groans of protest from some House members when he responded, “I have a spare tire on my car.”
“I also have life insurance,” he added. “I have a lot of things that I plan ahead for.”
The Republican Party’s misogyny is completely out in the open these days.
They failed to get their agenda through Congress, so the atavist religious right is now refocusing their efforts on local politics. And Kansas is ground zero for the state-level effort to destroy Planned Parenthood.
Budgets winding their way through the Legislature would redirect about $300,000 in federal family planning funds from Planned Parenthood to state and local health clinics.
The move is similar to one in Washington that almost led to a government shutdown early this month, when Republicans wanted to shut off federal funding to Planned Parenthood in the belief that it provided indirect support for abortions. …
“We have the prospect of being the first state in the nation to enact that kind of law,” said Peter Brownlie, president of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri.
Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican, proposed eliminating the Planned Parenthood funding in his proposed budget for fiscal 2012, which begins July 1. …
The money that goes to Planned Parenthood is sent to clinics in Wichita and Hays. They are among nine health clinics run by the organization in Kansas and mid-Missouri.
The money pays for family-planning services for low-income women. It also helps pay for contraception, pap smears and cancer screenings, among other things. It’s against federal law to use the money for abortions.
Despite the huge battle over the teaching of “intelligent design” creationism in 2005, a new survey shows that the majority of the people of Kansas are still in favor of teaching creationism in public school science classes: FHSU Learns ‘What Kansans Really Think’.
A majority of respondents, 53 percent, said they favored teaching both evolution and creationism in the public schools, while 18 percent said that neither theory should be taught. The remaining respondents were evenly divided between wanting one or the other of the theories taught exclusively.
And imagine my surprise to find that support for teaching creationism decreases with more education:
Preference for teaching both evolution and creationism was highest among respondents with some college, while those with graduate degrees were the most likely to prefer teaching evolution only.
This is a depressing snapshot of a terribly serious problem in the United States, which ranks at the very bottom of the world’s developed nations in acceptance of the scientific theory of evolution. Only Turkey has a lower score.