Mothers should be celebrated every day, especially on Mother’s Day. Mothers are responsible for all of us being here. Their most natural and essential of acts of love and sacrifice ensure the human race continues. But the government in Kansas hasn’t been friendly to motherhood (or life) the past three weeks. After nearly two years deliberating, the mostly Sebelius-appointed Supreme Court judges found a right to abortion in the Kansas Constitution. This despite the founding lawmakers who created that Constitution explicitly stating a “right to life” and passing laws at that same time outlawing abortion in Kansas. Gov. Kelly is pro-abortion so it’s no surprise that she vetoed pro-life legislation this year. Reflecting the vast majority of Kansans, legislators mostly remain motherhood advocates and pro-women but they fell one vote short of the two-thirds needed to override the governor’s abortion reversal notification veto.   

Locally, three Leavenworth county representatives voted to override the governor with just Democrat Jeff Pittman voting against it and being the one vote preventing the override. His vote was determinative because he had voted for it before the governor’s veto and then voted against it during the override vote. Sadly, he’s backed away from professed religious moral principles and Knights of Columbus values to side with the abortion advocates. As depicted in the recent movie “Unplanned,” the abortion industry doesn’t like providing prospective mothers complete information or chances to change their choices. They’re in the business of abortions, 60% of which are now “chemical abortions” and what the reversal notification information was designed to educate and make women aware of. Pittman’s Catholic religion identifies abortion as “intrinsic evil,” that is, an evil which cannot be justified by any circumstances whatsoever. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Further, his religion’s catechism states “Since it must be treated from conception as a person, the embryo must be defended in its integrity, cared for, and healed, as far as possible, like any other human being.” A way to “heal” it would be to counteract abortion chemicals/poisons by restoring the natural pregnancy hormones.

Pittman expressed sudden concern that there weren’t enough medical studies on reversal, a standard excuse among flip-floppers. Mary Kay Culp, a Kansans For Life spokeswoman, stated “It’s ironic that abortion proponents who professed concern about using the pregnancy hormone progesterone off-label, did not express concern over using the mifepristone abortion drug off-label for 16 years, nor did they ever voice objections to the off-label use of the poison digoxin, used for decades in Kansas’ voluminous late-term abortion industry.”

There isn’t need to complicate this. Pregnancy and motherhood are natural acts. Abortion, killing an unborn child, is the unnatural act. Chemical abortions “work” by unnaturally introducing chemicals and poisons to counter a pregnant woman’s natural hormones. “Reversal” counteracts the abortion chemicals with the natural hormones. It’s not 100% perfect or effective as nothing medical is. But as Culp stated, “Despite the fact the notification bill didn’t become law, the abortion reversal process itself will continue in the state of Kansas. … The travesty is that now, many women won’t find out about it in time to save their babies.” 

Greg Beck is a Leavenworth Times columnist.