Courageous admission not enough to stop amendment to water down clinic regulations

Topeka, KS — As the Kansas House of Representatives debated amending a bill that would tightly regulate abortion mills in the state, Wichita Representative Brenda Landwehr surprised lawmakers with a tearful account of her own abortion.
“How many of you have sat down and really talked to a young woman who’s gone through with an abortion, and what she’s living with today?” asked Landwehr as her voice choked with emotion. “You live with a lot. I’m one of those women. I live with that pain every single day. Because I killed a baby… It’s more than just a surgical procedure, having a knee repaired or a hip replaced.”
Landwehr tearfully argued that because of the emotional pain that abortion causes women, abortion clinics should be especially accountable.
“We want to express our deepest gratitude for Rep. Landwehr’s courage in publicly admitting her abortion pain,” said Operation Rescue spokesperson Cheryl Sullenger, who has counseled women facing abortions for over 22 years. “We understand how painful such an admission can be for a woman who has suffered with the memory of an abortion, and we commend her for her brave attempts to spare other women from having to live through the same tragedy.”
Landwehr’s emotional statement of her own abortion pain left the House Chamber in silence. However it was not enough to block an amendment that would apply the clinic regulations to all out-patient clinics and significantly reduce the strength of the legislation.
A final House vote on the amended bill, HB 2829, is expected today. The legislation will then move on to the Kansas State Senate for approval.
Similar legislation applying only to abortion mills was twice vetoed by pro-abortion Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who has accepted tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Wichita’s notorious late-term abortionist George R. Tiller.