According to a report in the Topeka Capital-Journal, you stated, “I will not sacrifice the unborn or the safety of Kansas women because of a crusade aimed at government-run health care, and my caucus stands behind me on that.”


You show your ignorance of the fact that more women will be put in harm’s way by your misguided attempt to control women’s bodies. By taking away constitutional protections for women, you are laying open the ability of the Legislature to deny abortions to women who need an abortion to save their lives.


I’m sure your daughter and the daughters of other women of means will always be able to obtain a safe abortion by leaving the state or the country. But this amendment leaves open the door to close all SAFE abortions to those who cannot afford to leave the state. And you do this while holding hostage the bill to expand health care to over 100,000 Kansans who cannot obtain health care now.


It also ignores the fact that there are much more sensible and proven ways to reduce abortions. One of the best ways is to make sure women have access to health care — the very bill you are holding hostage.


Your approach is completely backward to proven ways to reduce abortions!


Evelyn Davis, Wakarusa