Kansas Embraces Unplanned’s Most Grisly Procedures

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The governor and Supreme Court of Kansas gave the abortion industry two huge gifts during Easter Week, locking down in law the two grisly abortion practices that gave the movie Unplanned an R rating.

Less than a month after the movie Unplanned opened to record box office, Kansas is protecting the very two abortion procedures that were deemed unfit to show teens and children: The abortion pill and dismemberment abortion.

First, on April 22, Gov. Laura Kelly vetoed a bill which would have required that women be informed of their ability to reverse the early effects of the days-long abortion pill process.

The Mifepristone pill, known widely as RU-496, is a major profit center for the abortion industry, which is a major donor to politicians, including Kelly.

It is also a major part of of the plot of Unplanned.

In a letter to parents about the film, Abby Johnson described the scene in which the movie Unplanned depicts her own RU-486 abortion. The movie tells Johnson’s story of converting from a manager of a Planned Parenthood business to a pro-life activist.

“Ashley, the actress who plays me, did a fantastic job capturing both my physical pain and my fear. I won’t lie to you; that scene shows some blood. In real life I hemorrhaged so badly I thought I was going to die,” she wrote.

It’s a second abortion procedure now approved in Kansas that caused Abby’s conversion, though.

On April 26, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act violates the state constitution’s Bill of Rights, which the court claimed guarantees a right to abortion.

Dismemberment abortion figures in the movie when one difficult scene shows Johnson helping identify infant body parts in a dish after dismemberment abortions.

In the movie, the part of the presiding abortionist is played by Anthony Levatino, who had a career performing abortions before he was himself converted by seeing the remains of dismemberment abortions.

After losing his 6-year-old daughter in a car crash, he returned to work and saw his work in a new light.

“After all those years, after 1,200 abortions, after over 100 late-term abortions, I really looked,” he said. “I really looked at that pile of body parts on the side of the table. And for the first time in my life, all I could see was somebody’s son or daughter.”

In her book Unplanned, Johnson explained how her first experience assisting in an ultrasound-guided abortion, portrayed in the movie by Levatino and CGI imagery, changed her.

“I could clearly see the profile of the head, both arms, legs, and even tiny fingers and toes. Perfect,” she said. “The next moment was the sudden jerk of a tiny foot as the baby started kicking, as if trying to move away from the probing invader.”

Watching made Johnson come to the same realization as Levatino. “What was in this woman’s womb just a moment ago was alive. It wasn’t just tissue, just cells. That was a human baby — fighting for life!”

The Kansas Bill of Rights protects human beings who fight for their life. In Section 1, it says: “All men are possessed of equal and inalienable natural rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Bizarrely, the Kansas Supreme Court sees in this right-to-life language the right to dismember children. “[T]his right to personal autonomy is firmly embedded within section 1’s natural rights guarantee and its included concepts of liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” says the court’s opinion.

The governor and Supreme Court are rushing to try to explain away the brutal gift they have given to an abortion industry that preys on pregnant women for money.

But thousands of Kansans who saw Unplanned know exactly what they have done.

The views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views of CatholicVote.org

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Tom Hoopes, author of What Pope Francis Really Said, is writer in residence at Benedictine College, in Atchison, Kansas, where he teaches in the Journalism and Mass Communications Department and edits The Gregorian, a Catholic identity speech digest. He was previously editor of the National Catholic Register for 10 years and with his wife, April, of Faith & Family magazine for five. A frequent contributor to Catholic publications, he began his career as a reporter in the Washington, D.C., area and as press secretary for U.S. House Ways & Means Chairman Bill Archer. He lives in Atchison with his wife and those of his nine children still at home. The views and opinions expressed on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of Benedictine College or the Gregorian Institute.

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