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Human Rights and Kansas Courts

“The proper role of the Court is to say what the law is, not what the law should be. We need a legal system that respects the human rights of every Kansan — born and unborn.” From the office of Kansas Governor Sam Brownback.

Fellow Kansans,

Last Friday — the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade — Kansas was again at the forefront of the battle for life.

Respecting the dignity, beauty, and value of every life, Governor Brownback has enacted pro-life legislation each year he’s been in office. For this work, and specifically his signing of the first-in-the-nation dismemberment abortion ban, last Friday Governor Brownback received the National Pro-Life Recognition Award.

Yet, on the very same day, the Kansas Court of Appeals chose to reject this life saving measure. In a 7 — 7 decision, the court opted to block the dismemberment abortion ban, and instead found a right to abortion in the Kansas Constitution. This decision isn’t just legally dubious, it is unconscionable.

Governor Brownback issued this statement about today’s court action: “I am deeply disappointed in the court’s decision to allow dismemberment abortions of a living child to continue in the State of Kansas. The court’s failure to protect the basic human rights and dignity of the unborn is counter to Kansans’ sense of justice. The closeness of today’s decision highlights the importance of every single judge in upholding the right to life. Seven judges have chosen to create law based upon their own preferences rather than apply the law justly and fairly. I support the Attorney General in his call on the Kansas Supreme Court for a swift decision protecting the unborn.”

We cannot have a legal system that fabricates new laws on a personal whim. The proper role of the Court is to say what the law is, not what the law should be. We need a legal system that respects the human rights of every Kansan — born and unborn.

Melika Willoughby
Deputy Communications Director
Office of Governor Sam Brownback