Jan 21, 2020 3:36 PM

Listen: Kansas abortion constitutional amendment hearing

Posted Jan 21, 2020 3:36 PM
Packed room Tuesday for the hearing on Kansas abortion constitutional amendment photo courtesy Kansans for Life
Packed room Tuesday for the hearing on Kansas abortion constitutional amendment photo courtesy Kansans for Life

TOPEKA — Legislators are holding a joint House-Senate hearing Tuesday in Topeka to discuss a Kansas Constitutional Amendment on abortion. 

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On January 16, a coalition of pro-life organizations that included the Family Policy Alliance of Kansas, the Kansas Catholic Conference (KCC), and Concerned Women for America of Kansas (CWA) and Kansans for Life (KFL), along with several state legislators, introduced “Value Them Both”, an amendment to the Kansas Constitution that safeguards both women and babies from what could soon be an unregulated abortion industry created by the 2019 ruling in Hodes & Nauser v. Schmidt, according to a media release from Kansans for Life.

Value Them Both restores to the people of Kansas, through their elected officials, the ability to regulate the abortion industry in a way that protects both women and babies.

Hodes & Nauser v. Schmidt put at risk broadly supported regulations like bans on brutal late-term abortion and taxpayer funded abortions, parental notification requirements and clinic safety standards, leaving both women and babies without even the most basic health and safety standards.

If passed, the amendment would be on August primary ballot.

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Jan 21, 2020 3:36 PM
Kansas woman due in court for alleged counterfeiting
Watterson photo KDOC

COWLEY COUNTY— A Kansas felon with previous convictions that include identity theft and forgery is now in jail for alleged counterfeiting.

Just after 3 p.m. January 14, police responded to a restaurant in Arkansas City for a report of a person later identified as 43-year-old Amy Watterson, who had attempted to pass fake money, according to a media release from police.

Although she left before police arrived, officers quickly located and arrested her. Officers found she was in possession of several bills of fake currency.

Further investigation determined she had attempted to pass the fake cash at multiple locations in the Arkansas City area, as well as in other jurisdictions.

“We are asking local businesses to be extra vigilant when accepting larger-denomination bills that potentially could be fake or counterfeit,” warned Police Chief Dan Ward.

 Watterson remains jailed on requested charges that include counterfeiting as well as one misdemeanor count each of criminal trespass, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of stolen property and theft.

Over the past ten years, Watterson has served prison time for arson, theft, burglary and for making false writing, ID theft and and forgery, according the Kansas Department of Corrections.

She is expected in court later this week on the new charges, according to district court officials.