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Kansans for Life rejoices in Pro-life primary triumph

by | Aug 13, 2012

By Kathy Ostrowski, Kansans for Life Legislative Director

Kansas Senate President Steve Morris

Kansas pro-lifers can rejoice in Tuesday’s primary results because pro-life candidates, including incumbents, were victorious.

Kansans for Life’s endorsed candidates won handily: In the House, 74% (31 of 42 races) and in the Senate, 77% (24 of 31 races).

These elections were characterized as a referendum on pro-life Gov. Sam Brownback’s conservative agenda, with the media repeatedly identifying economic conservative groups as major players.  But the GOP rout depended on the candidates’ pro-life credentials and is a reflection of Kansas pro-life persistence, hard work and prayer.

The Senate results were truly stunning: eight ‘moderate’ [read “pro-abortion”] GOP Senators, including the Kansas Senate President, Steve Morris all lost their primaries Tuesday to authentically pro-life challengers endorsed and promoted by the Kansans for Life political action committee  (Morris ran with a huge war chest.).

Senate President Morris came into his leadership position with a pro-life record. Unfortunately he quickly began loading key Senate committees with pro-abortion majorities and working behind the scenes to hurt pro-life bills! But after last Tuesday, there is a real possibility that after the November elections, as many as 32 out of 40 Kansas Senate seats could be filled by trusted pro-lifers!

While seven of KFL-endorsed Senate candidates were defeated, in three of those contests, the successful challengers are also pro-life! In fact, the problem KFL faced this cycle was a never-before last-minute reconfiguring of legislative districts in June by federal judges. This caused some districts to have two, or even three, proven pro-life incumbent legislators competing with each other.  This problem also stemmed from Morris and his ‘moderate’ GOP associates; they pushed unfair redistricting maps until the legislative session ran out of time and the feds had to do the job—giving us the distinction of being the only state in the nation to fail to fix their maps to reflect census changes.

By the end of Tuesday evening, only two pro-abortion-voting GOP (‘moderate’) Senators survived challenges by KFL PAC-backed candidates.

For years, pro-lifers would pass legislation in one house and see it vetoed in the other; or pass measures in both houses only to have them blocked by pro-abortion governors such as Kathleen Sebelius, who is President Obama’s Secretary of Health and  Human Services. All that changed in 2010.

For Gov. Sam Brownback, last Tuesday’s results can only mean a better chance of enacting still more pro-life legislation. During Brownback’s first two years, Kansas passed four pro-life bills and two budget provisions.

According to the Wichita Eagle, Sen. Carolyn McGinn acknowledged the loss of fellow GOP ‘moderates’ in the Senate: “Wow,” she said. “What kind of life is that going to be?”

Kansans for Life’s answer to that question is: “It will be wonderful!”

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