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Kansas Governor calls for inspections of Planned Parenthood

TOPEKA (KSNT) -- Kansas Governor Sam Brownback on Tuesday called on the Kansas Board of Healing Arts to investigate, as part of its inspection of office-based surgical practices, whether any Kansas facility is engaged in the inhumane practice of selling tissue and organs from unborn children who are aborted. Brownback has also called upon the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to cooperate in any investigation.

The Governor issued the following statement:

"Kansas remains committed to a culture that respects the dignity of life at all stages. Recent videos show Planned Parenthood employees treating the unborn as commodities as they discuss the sale of tissue and organs. This does not reflect the culture of life most Kansans want.

"We now call upon the Kansas Board of Healing Arts to address the issue of sale of tissue and organs from the unborn in its inspections of Kansas medical offices.

"Human life has dignity at all stages of life. Senate Bill 95, banning dismemberment abortion in Kansas, prevents the barbaric procedure of dismembering an unborn child.

"We must remind ourselves and others that unborn children are just that - children - with certain inalienable rights that we must respect and protect."

In response to the Governor's call, Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri's President and CEO Laura McQuade lashed back:

"These political attacks claiming that Planned Parenthood profits in any way from tissue donation or illegal activity are simply not true," she asserted in a written statement. "The fact that Planned Parenthood in Kansas does not participate in tissue donation programs underscores that calls for an investigation are about political grandstanding, not facts."

Also attacking the governor's request was Julie Burkart, the Founder and CEO of the Trust Women Foundation and South Wind Women's Center:

"This is a dishonest tactic used by anti-choice folks to discredit abortion providers," she says. "Unfortunately, anti-choice people seem to know no bounds. It appears that Governor Brownback has become embroiled in their strategy to limit access to reproductive health care."

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