The Kansas Meadowlark

June 18, 2006
(updated June 20, 2006)


One victim or two? Most people say two, but Sebelius says one?


KWCH 12 Eyewitness News in Hutchinson-Wichita reported yesterday the tragic murder of a  teenage child, who was nine-months pregnant:

One victim or two?
Alana Rocha
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News

Saturday, June 17, 2006

A lot of people have wondered, since Chelsea Brooks was nine months pregnant, if the suspect in custody could be charged with two murders. The answer is no.

Kansas  does not have a fetal homicide law on the books. Many lawmakers say   Chelsea’s case could change that. 

Chelsea went missing eight days ago. At that time, police said it was an endangered runaway case. But dental records confirm a body found Thursday in Butler County was that of the pregnant 14-year-old. Police have arrested a 17-year-old boy in her murder.

If a person injures a pregnant woman in a car accident or otherwise, and as a result she miscarries,  Kansas law protects her and only her. It is felony, but Chelsea’s family wants to see a tougher law passed.

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The Wichita Eagle reported this item yesterday:

Wichita Eagle, June 17, 2006
Family of slain teen says 'thanks'

The family of a slain 14-year-old pregnant girl issued a statement today thanking those who have helped them today and pleading for privacy.

As family members cried behind her, Terri Brooks, the mother of Chelsea Brooks, thanked everyone who had reached out to them since police confirmed Friday that Chelsea's body was discovered on the edge of a Butler County wheat field.

Chelsea was nine months pregnant with a daughter she planned to name Alexa Lynn.

Terri Brooks spoke in front of Allison Middle School, where Chelsea had recently finished the eighth grade.

"We will continue to pursue just punishment for the person or persons responsible for the death of our daughter and granddaughter," she said.

See the online video of Terri Brooks speaking about the murder of their daughter and granddaughter.  

"Two lives were taken from us last week and we will do whatever it takes to make sure the law in the future recognizes all life even if it's too late for our girls."

Given this terrible case, and after a Kansas women murdered a Missouri mom, Bobbi Jo Stinnett, in December 2004, by cutting the baby from her womb, how can anyone oppose an Unborn Victim of Violence Act?  Yet, in the recent Kansas legislative session, Senators John Vratil and Steve Morris blocked legislation on the Unborn Victim of Violence Act.  This legislation would have provided just punishment in the death of baby Alexa.

Flashback: The 1987 murder of Zeola Wilson and her unborn child (an 8-month-old fetus) in   Wichita  resulted in a ruling by the Kansas Supreme Court “that a fetus is not a human being under the state’s homicide laws” but “making it a crime could fall within the lawmakers’ powers.”  

At that time Kathleen Sebelius, now governor, was a Democrat State Representative from   Topeka  . According to an Oct. 28, 1989 Wichita Eagle article, “Killing fetus not crime, court rules,” Kathleen Sebelius was instrumental in blocking such a new law. Sebelius made sure there was NO PROTECTION for a pregnant women’s unborn child

Killing fetus not crime, court rules
Wichita Eagle, Oct 28, 1989
 

Two legislators who also are lawyers said that changing the law to give a fetus protection under criminal statutes could have broad implications for abortion. Such protection would mean establishing a point at which a fetus is considered a human being, they said. 

“I have real serious problems with that,” said Rep. Kathleen Sebelius, D-Topeka and member of the House Judiciary Committee. “I think for me and a lot of other people there are certain inalienable rights established for a person, but those are not applied in utero.” 

Shouldn’t pregnant women who want their babies be concerned about a governor that wants no legal protection for their unborn children, because she is so interested in “protecting” women that do not want their unborn children?  Why can't Governor Sebelius show more concern about the most vulnerable in our society?

In October 2002 Kathleen Sebelius sent letters to members of certain Catholic parishes in Topeka saying she was not pro-abortion, yet she failed to mention the harsh rebuke by Archbishop Ignatius Strecker of her actions in the state legislature.

As governor, two of Sebelius’ vetoes protect those more interested in the Culture of Death than the Culture of Life: The 2006 Sebelius veto of better campaign finance reporting was aimed at helping a big Kansas Democrat contributor avoid reporting “sneaky” late contributions until well after an election is over. The 2005 Sebelius veto of regulations on abortion clinics helped the same large Democrat party donor.

The Kansas Democratic Party is trying to create the appearance they are also sensitive to voters more interested in the Culture of Life than the Culture of Death, especially Catholic Democrats. The Kansas Democratic Party has a “Democratic Party Link” under “County Parties and Local Groups” to Kansas Democrats for Life, “Putting life back into Kansas”

On May 28, 2006, a member of the Executive Board of Kansas Democrats for Life tried to soften recent criticism of Gov. Sebelius' veto:

Others are pro-life, too
Topeka Capital-Journal, May 28, 2006

In the article May 24, “Sebelius veto message disputed; anti-abortion side outraged,” reporter Chris Moon unfairly allows Kansans for Life to speak for the pro-life movement.

When did Kathy Ostrowski earn the exclusive right to define pro-life? One can be pro-life and not be for the criminalization of abortion.

GRANT RANDALL, executive board,
Kansas Democrats for Life, Lawrence

Randall's letter was a rebuttal to a complaint by Kansans for Life's Kathy Ostrowski about Sebelius' veto of SB528 about late term abortions.  Sebelius tries to claim this bill would not stop abortions, but KFL's Ostrowski said it would end many illegal abortions.  Most Kansans would be shocked to know late-term abortions can occur in Wichita till the day of normal delivery.   Randall seems to dismiss all four Culture of Death vetoes by Governor Sebelius, which protected a Democratic Party contributor.  

The Kansas Democrat Party and the Kansas Democrats for Life are trying so hard to promote the Culture of Life in Kansas that their Democrats for Life PAC (formed Oct 13, 2005) raised a total of $0, according to their Jan 2006 contribution report.  Why is there no money in their PAC yet?

Perhaps the Kansas Democratic Party (with $111,440 in the bank according to May 2006 FEC report), perhaps Governor Sebelius personally (she earns about $102,000 a year), perhaps Governor Sebelius’ wealthy gubernatorial campaign ($1,749,183 in the bank in Jan 2006), perhaps Governor Sebelius’ private “Blue Stem” PAC, which is rich with contributions from labor unions ($30,829 in the bank in Jan 2006), can contribute to the Kansas Democrats for Life PAC  to contribute to a Culture of Life in Kansas?

Can the Kansas Democratic Party, can Governor Sebelius, can the Kansas Democrats for Life PAC, take the challenge to promote a new Alexa’s Law to protect the unborn children of pregnant mothers?

Can the Kansas Democrats for Life put pressure on Republican Senators John Vratil and Steve Morris, who prevented the Unborn Victim of Violence Acted passed by the Kansas House from being heard in the Kansas Senate?

In September 2002, Dr. Tiller complained that his personal $200,000 contribution to Pro Kan Do was not enough to stop Tim Shallenberger from becoming governor, and he wanted to raise another $250,000 in eight weeks to ensure Kansas had a pro-choice Governor Sebelius.  [Oddly, all of this money seems to have been spent against Phill Kline instead of Tim Shallenburger, but the Pro Kan Do supporters have never complained.]  But to promote the Culture of Life in Kansas, shouldn't Kathleen Sebelius discourage the political contributions to Kansas Democrats by Dr. Tiller (and even Emily's List) ...instead of being known as Tiller's Governor?

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