CWA of Kansas Legislative Update

By February 28, 2019Kansas
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Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity (SOGI) Nondiscrimination Ordinance, HB 2130

“AN ACT concerning the Kansas act against discrimination and acts supplemental thereto; relating to sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, amending … ”

The SOGI bill, HB 2130, has been assigned to the House Federal and State Affairs Committee. Its companion bill, SB 84, has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

HB 2130 and SB 84 create discrimination. When “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” is added to a legal or corporate nondiscrimination code, it opens the door to policies that discriminate against people with traditional views as it attacks and opposes the notion that sexual behavior has moral dimensions. The strategy beWhen “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” is added to a legal or corporate nondiscrimination code, it opens the door to policies that discriminate against people with traditional views as it attacks and opposes the notion that sexual behavior has moral dimensions hind promoting these types of unconstitutional laws across the nation is this: transform morality into a form of bigotry and then use corporate and government power to eliminate that “bigotry.” The goal is to alter America’s cultural values and use “bigotry” as a threat in the process of elevating a certain group to a protected status above others based on sexual behaviors.

CWA of Kansas passed out talking points to several of our legislators we thought would find them helpful. They were very well received, and we have gotten great feedback about how the talking points have equipped the legislators to oppose the two pieces of legislation.

I have visited the committee chairs and vice chairs of both committees, and they have assured me that they have no intention of holding hearings on either bill. We are cautiously optimistic that the bills will not move in committee, and we will also have to be diligent to watch and pray that the bills do not get attached to another bill in the process. No action is needed at this time.

Abortion Reversal Pill Legislation, HB 2274

“AN ACT concerning abortion; relating to medication abortions; notification requirements.”

A hearing on HB 2274 was held last Wednesday in the Committee on Health and Human Services. We know that women often change their mind after taking RU486, the chemical abortion pill, so timely notice for the option to reverse an abortion is important. No matter the reason as to why a woman would change her mind after beginning a chemical abortion, she deserves the right to have available to her all the information to reverse the abortion if she so chooses. HB 2274 will provide this.

Sixty percent of abortions in Kansas are “chemical” abortions using a regimen of two doses of two different pills. By state law, the first pill is given in the presence of a physician and the second pill is taken at home. Increasingly, a significant number of women who have ingested the first abortion pill change their mind about using the second pill. Unfortunately, many do not know there is an option to reverse the abortion and save the life of their baby.

We are cautiously optimistic that the bill will pass out of committee. No action is needed at this time.

Education HB 2361, “AN ACT concerning schools; relating to the student data privacy act; certain tests, questionnaires, surveys, and examinations; amending K.S.A. 72-6316 and repealing the existing section.”

A hearing on HB 2361 was held last Wednesday before the Committee on Children and Seniors. CWA of Kansas gives Rep. Bill Rhiley (R-District 80) kudos for valiantly opposing HB 2361 at the beginning of the hearing.

CWA of Kansas opposes this bill because the Communities That Care (CTC) survey is a tool that is being used to justify suicide prevention for one thing, thus causing more social workers to be involved in the public schools. Under the current opt-in law parents have control over the survey. This brazen bill, HB 2361 denies parental rights to know what tests the public school is giving.

CWA of Kansas Special Advisor Linda Highland and member Lisa Huesers both testified as citizens against HB 2361.

Linda Highland’s testimony provided a copy of the off the wall invasive questions that sixth graders are asked. Many parents would not and do not approve. CTC is given to sixth, eighth, tenth, and twelfth graders. Thank you, Linda, for eloquently highlighting the most concerning parts of the CTC survey.

Lisa Hueser’s testified from a concerned parent’s viewpoint. Thank you, Lisa, for speaking on behalf of the parents of Kansas.

We are cautiously optimistic that the bill will not pass out of committee. No action is needed at this time.

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Thank you.

Barbara Saldivar
State Director
CWA of Kansas
director@kansas.cwfa.org
ks.cwfa.org
785-260-5659
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