In Kansas, Employees of Abortion Providers Not Allowed to Volunteer at Schools
Kansas now has five of the most harmful abortion restrictions in the nation-restrictions that exist to create barriers to abortion access and shame women and their doctors. One outrageous example of this public shaming can be found on page two of Kansas’ 70-page omnibus abortion bill. As originally proposed, the bill would prevent anyone who works for an abortion provider from volunteering at their child’s school.
The original bill read:
“No school district, employee or volunteer thereof, or educational service provider contracting with such school district shall provide abortion services. No school district shall permit any person or entity to offer, sponsor or otherwise furnish in any manner any course materials or instruction relating to human sexuality or sexually transmitted diseases if such person or entity is an abortion services provider, or an employee or volunteer of an abortion services provider.”
Legislators included this language in part to prevent Planned Parenthood from providing age-appropriate sex education in schools-a topic of heated debate in local communities. The bill’s supporters ultimately want to see students taught abstinence-only sex education, despite studies showing that such education methods don’t work in lowering teen pregnancy rates. Beyond the implications to Planned Parenthood as an entity, the bill makes a clear statement: Abortion is bad, anyone who is associated with abortion is bad, school children must be “protected” from these people and their ideas, and abortion providers must be publicly shamed and punished.
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