HERE IS EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VALUE THEM BOTH STATE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT FOR LIFE

HOW DID YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE OR SENATOR VOTE ON THE VALUE THEM BOTH STATE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT?

WHAT IS VALUE THEM BOTH?

Few people fully understand that the Kansas abortion industry is virtually unregulated and operates with very few limits. “Value Them Both” (VTB) is the name of the proposed state constitutional amendment for life under consideration in Kansas that addresses this great injustice. The Kansas Catholic Bishops consider Value Them Both to be the single-most important legislation considered by lawmakers and citizens in a generation.

WHY IS VALUE THEM BOTH SO CRUCIAL?

Value Them Both is crucial because a State Supreme Court ruling in the case Hodes & Nauser v. Schmidt, found and declared that virtually unlimited and unregulated abortion is a fundamental right in Kansas. The impact of this ruling means that nearly all pro-life laws in Kansas are now “presumed unconstitutional,” and practically speaking, unenforceable. This includes more than 20 bipartisan laws like requirements for parental consent of minors seeking an abortion, bans on taxpayer-funded abortion, laws ensuring basic clinic sanitation and many others.

HOW CAN VALUE THEM BOTH BECOME PART OF THE KANSAS CONSTITUTION?

Making Value Them Both a part of the Kansas Constitution is a two-step process.

Part One is the legislative process. Kansas lawmakers voted by “supermajority” margins to place the amendment on a statewide ballot for a vote by the people. The Kansas House vote came on January 22, 2021 and the Kansas Senate vote  was on January 28, 2021.

Part Two depends on a vote of Kansas citizens. Kansas legislators did their job–now the fate of Value Them Both is in the hands of Kansans. Every registered voter will have the chance to vote and make Value Them Both part of the Kansas Constitution. A simple majority is needed to make this happen. This statewide vote is set for Tuesday, August 2, 2022.

HOW DID MY LEGISLATOR VOTE ON VALUE THEM BOTH?

Click on this link to find out how members of the Kansas Senate voted:  http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2021_22/measures/vote_view/je_20210128171734_032316/

And the Kansas House of Representatives: http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2021_22/measures/vote_view/je_20210122113106_318542/

To find out who represents you at the Statehouse, go to:  https://www.votervoice.net/mobile/KSCC/Home

The legislative process for Value Them Both began in 2020 where it passed the Kansas Senate, but came up four votes shy in the House.  Every Republican voted YES on Value Them Both except State Senator John Skubal and four state representatives: Rep. Don Hineman, Rep. Jan Kessinger, Rep. Tom Philips and Rep. Bill Pannbacker.  Each of these Republican elected officials were either defeated by a challenger in their 2020 primary or made the decision to retire.

Tim Hodge
(D-Newton)
Phone: 785.296.2361
Tim.Hodge@house.ks.gov

– Liam Doe, Company Name

Jan Kessinger
(R-Overland Park)
Phone: 785.296.7436
Jan.Kessinger@house.ks.gov

– Liam Doe, Company Name

Barbara Bollier
(D-Mission Hills)
Phone: 785.296.7390
Barbara.Bollier@senate.ks.gov

– Liam Doe, Company Name

Jeff Pittman
(D-Leavenworth)
Phone: 785.296.7522
Jeff.Pittman@house.ks.gov

– Liam Doe, Company Name

John Skuball
(R-Overland Park)
Phone: 785.296.7301
John.Skubal@senate.ks.gov

– Liam Doe, Company Name

Tom Burroughs
(D-Kansas City)
Phone: 785.296.8153
Tom.Burroughs@house.ks.gov

– Liam Doe, Company Name

Pat Pettey
(D-Kansas City)
Phone: 785.296.7375
Pat.Pettey@senate.ks.gov

– Liam Doe, Company Name

WHAT’S NEXT FOR VALUE THEM BOTH?

Passing a state constitutional amendment is difficult under the best of circumstances. Educating Kansans and raising enough money to compete will be the key. The abortion industry is already spreading misinformation and based on similar elections elsewhere, the abortion industry will likely outspend Value Them Both advocates many times over. This will be an uphill battle.

The Value Them Both coalition for victory consists of the Kansas Catholic Conference, Kansans for Life, and the Family Policy Alliance of Kansas. This Coalition is working together to recruit volunteers, add faith-based partners and reach as many Kansans as possible. Our “ground game” will consist of presentations to members of your parish, but also to civic groups and other gatherings. If your church or group would like to schedule a presentation, please contact Chuck Weber, Executive Director of the Kansas Catholic Conference by email at: Chuck@KansasCatholic.org

A comprehensive web site with many more details about Value Them Both can be found at www.ValueThemBoth.com.

PRAYER is our most powerful tool! The Kansas Catholic Bishops have consecrated this effort to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Unborn. Each day of the legislative session, a group of legislators and others gather to pray the Rosary at 7:30 a.m. The Rosary is our “not so secret” secret weapon! Please consider joining the Kansas Rosary Crusade at: www.KansasRosaryCrusade.org