Target: Governor of Kansas, Sam Brownback
Goal: Stop banning abortion providers from schools
The nearly 50-page abortion bill that recently went into effect in Kansas includes the following provision: “No school district, employee or agent thereof, or educational service provider contracting with such school district shall provide abortion services.” The provisions also states that Kansas schools are not allowed to permit any individual to offer or sponsor “any course materials or instruction relating to human sexuality or sexually transmitted diseases if such person or entity is an abortion services provider.”
These provisions unjustly marginalize and discriminate against abortion services providers by making them unwelcome in public schools. The law unequivocally bans them from providing sexual education in schools, but it also goes to great lengths to discriminate against abortion services providers by having the effect of barring them from serving as school chaperones or volunteering for school events.
This kind of discrimination is unprecedented in most areas, as banning an entire profession from school grounds is unheard of in most states. The law systematically discriminates against abortion services providers and allows for their legal exclusion from public schools. This gives legal legitimacy to stigmatization, and is therefore unacceptable.
Proponents of the law claim that it promotes the safety of young women, but there are no valid health benefits of banning abortion services providers from school grounds. This law merely serves as a huge infringement upon the rights of individuals. Sign the petition below to call for an end to this Kansas provision.
Dear Governor Sam Brownback,
The abortion bill that recently went into effect in Kansas includes a provision that bans abortion services providers from serving as employees or education service providers in Kansas school districts. This kind of systematic discrimination is unacceptable.
Further, the provision forbids abortion services providers from providing sexual education in schools, even if the course materials or curricula do not pertain to information about abortion. There appears to be no motive behind such provisions other than to stigmatize abortion services providers and provide legal means with which to infringe upon their rights.
I urge you to bring an end to this unjust stigma. Overturn the Kansas provision and allow abortion services providers to enter schools without repercussions.
[Your Name Here]
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