Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, who is one of the most anti-choice governors in the country, said that the state’s strict anti-choice laws are not government intrusion on women’s bodies, they’re good economic sense.
Brownback spoke to Family Research Council President Tony Perkins on podcast on Friday. The subject was the economy and abortion.
Kansas has some of the strictest abortion laws in the country. Abortions are banned after 20 weeks. They can’t be covered under any insurance unless a rider is purchased. They’ve banned what Republicans call “dismemberment abortion,” which sounds really frightening but isn’t a medical term at all.
According to Think Progress:
The effort appears to be targeting a specific surgical abortion procedure known as Dilatation and Evacuation, or D&E. This type of abortion, which takes about 30 minutes to perform, has become the standard practice for terminating a pregnancy after 12 weeks. It involves dilating the cervix and using surgical instruments to remove the fetal and placental tissue. This is the method of second-trimester abortion that researchers from the World Health Organization endorse, and it’s now preferred by the vast majority of U.S. patients having midtrimester terminations because it’s a simple outpatient procedure with a low risk of complications.
Naturally, Perkins was thrilled with the direction Kansas is going, including, strangely, the economic direction, especially since Kansas is suffering a budget crisis, a billion dollar revenue gap, low job growth and a slow growing economy.
But why let facts get in the way. He tried to credit his strict abortion laws for the state’s phantom economic growth numbers. He opined:
Frankly, one of the big problems we have in the country is we’re not forming enough families. And that is hurting our economic work and hurting our economic projection because the best place for that child is within a strong family. And if you’re not forming a family unit, you are also slowing your economic performance.
So, these things really tie together. And I think we really do a disservice politically when we separate them.
Source: Raw Story
One in five children in Kansas lives in poverty. While the child poverty rate in the country overall has decreased, Kansas’ has increased. Many of these children live without healthcare. It’s pretty tough to see how forcing women to have children might help the economy.
Here’s the audio:
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