Healthcare professionals unite to support adoption of Value Them Both on August 2


Dr. Kelly Byrd discusses how parents’ rights regarding abortion are in jeopardy and other issues at a press conference Friday afternoon, June 10, at the historic Sedgwick County Courthouse. Behind her are other representatives of the Value Them Both Coalition of health professionals. (advanced pics)

Representatives of a Value Them Both coalition spoke about the immense significance of the August 2 Value Them Both vote at a press conference on Friday afternoon June 10 at the historic Sedgwick County Courthouse.
Mackenzie Haddix, the spokesperson for the coalition, said passing the amendment is the only way for Kansans to restore the state constitution to what it was before the Supreme Court’s ruling. Kansas in 2019 which ruled that the state constitution contained a right to abortion.

Supreme Court ruling usurped rights

“The 2019 state Supreme Court ruling has deemed all existing bipartisan laws governing the abortion industry to be unconstitutional,” she said. “Just as this ruling by unelected judges removed the legal basis for basic abortion regulations, it also usurped the right of the people to have a say in our state’s governance in this matter.”

Haddix announced the formation of the Value Them Both Coalition of more than 200 medical and mental health professionals who support a yes vote on the amendment.

Dr. Lisa Gilbert, a Wichita-based family physician, said the group was formed because he was concerned about the Kansas Supreme Court’s groundbreaking decision that struck down numerous common-sense laws governing medical practices. ‘abortion.

“In doing so, the court decreed that virtually any limitation or regulation on abortion would soon be reversed. Overnight, Kansas had become one of the most extreme abortion states in the country. This sweeping 2019 ruling was later used to roll back basic protections for women, including standard inspection, security, and sanitation requirements for abortion centers.

Kansans endorsed pro-life laws

Laws regulating abortion were passed because Kansans agreed that protections for women were needed, Dr Gilbert said. “We asked our elected officials to work across the aisle to find a solution.”
The Supreme Court decision, however, reversed that, she said.

“Our state is experiencing the largest increase in abortions in a quarter century. Not only do we rank among the most extreme states in the nation, but we are one of the few states where our own constituents have not voice in the chapter and where safety rules are now lacking.

Dr Gilbert said the August 2 vote would change that. “A vote for yes is simply a vote to have a voice. It’s a vote in favor of letting the people of Kansas vote.

Doctors care about mother and baby

Former Wichitan and now Kansas City-based pediatrician Dr. Kelly Byrd said coalition members share a dedication to caring for the physical and mental health of their patients.

“Together, we have written an open letter to explain why passing the Value Them Both Amendment is vital to returning our state to a place where the abortion industry is not left unchecked or unregulated. should not be allowed to control himself.

She said young girls, teens and tweens have many challenges to face today before they mature.

“A teenager’s ability to communicate with their parents to help them through these difficult years can literally save lives,” Dr. Byrd said. “I hope Kansans can all agree that no 14-year-old girl should be dropped off at an abortion clinic without her parents knowing. But we will lose our parental notification law unless we pass the Value Them Both amendment. The loss of parental notification laws will harm both girls and parents and expose young girls to the dangers of traffickers and other perpetrators who would no longer be held accountable. Young girls need more protection, not less.

Parental consent in danger

She said Kansans don’t want to lose parental consent, they don’t want taxpayer-funded abortions, and they want clinic safety standards and protections for underage girls.

“Members of our coalition adhere to core professional principles to protect informed consent and most importantly, to do no harm. As professionals, we strongly believe that patients should be informed of all relevant facts about any procedure that may alter their life or their body. »

Dr Byrd said Kansans want reasonable protections for all women and girls. “And above all, we want and deserve a voice and how best to protect them. The abortion industry should not be given special treatment. At the very least, women deserve abortion clinics to have the highest standards of health and safety.

The press conference was hosted by Kansans for Life, Kansas Catholic Conference and Kansas Family Voice.


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