My sincere apology to HB 2598 - still a waste of money
The Kansas City Star
Well, I messed up. Yes, it has been pointed out to me that I noted last year’s taxpayer waste of an abortion bill in the Kansas House instead of this year’s taxpayer waste of money abortion bill. I guess I was so caught up in the heat of the moment, the passion of it all, that I made a mistake. Isn’t that what this whole debate is really about, all of our emotions getting the best of us?
I am not a journalist. I am just a regular person who won a contest put on by the Kansas City Star. Now I get to write my opinion on this blog, grammatical errors and all.
Does it really matter which abortion bill I write about? No, it really does not. They are all the same, with the same goal in mind to end abortion in this country and shut down Planned Parenthood. The pro-life representatives are chipping away at this right with every one of these bills. I am afraid they are going to win. So it is with that fear that I wrote from my heart and I made the mistake in the bill number.
We could do so much better as a society if we came together and all work as one with the same goal to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies so there would not be a need for abortions. If all men and women had access to affordable contraception, along with sex education, we can continue to dramatically reduce the need for abortion in the first place. I think this is something that both sides can agree on and maybe even work together towards. I know, you are thinking to yourself, snap out of it Aimee.
I took a quick look at the right bill for a flavor of what is being voted on today. The part I read stopped Planned Parenthood from being able to provide sex education to any school district in Kansas. It reads that no organization that is an abortion provider can contract with a school district. Way to go Kansas Representatives. Planned Parenthood has an excellent sex education program. Their sex education program is the type of program that can help prevent young people from getting pregnant and therefore seeking abortion. Way to put language in this bill restricting an organization that is an expert in sex education from teaching our children about safe and responsible sex. No sex education equals more pregnancy. More pregnancy equals the need for more abortions. The logic in this little bit I read is enough to make my head spin.
As much as our representatives waste time on bills like the one last year and the one today that will wind up in court, we waste so much time fighting each other on pro-life/pro-choice instead of coming together to stop unwanted pregnancies in the first place.
I could go point by point on this HB 2598 and point out how it wastes our taxpayer money just like my last post did, but does it really matter? It is just more of the same. The point is the same. This bill will be headed to the courts. More taxpayer dollars spent in court instead of improving Kansas.
For those who wrote all the colorful commentary about abortion, no need to spend the time here. Your message has been received. For those in the Kansas Legislature, I do apologize for confusing last year’s unconstitutional abortion bill with this year’s unconstitutional abortion bill. My mistake and apology. I will pay closer attention next time and I am sure there will be a next time.