Anyone familiar with Sam Brownback's record as U.S. senator and Kansas governor should not have been surprised to hear him mention abortion during his State of the State address. But Brownback should have known he risked offending African-Americans by mentioning it in the same breath as the state's fight against slavery. His statement that "the Summer of Mercy sprung forth in Kansas as we could no longer tolerate the death of innocent children" also was heard by many as an endorsement of those massive 1991 anti-abortion protests outside the Wichita clinic of George Tiller, who was murdered in 2009 by an anti-abortion zealot. "Another day, another bizarre abortion comment from a Republican politician," responded the Daily Beast. As Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau, D-Wichita, the state's first elected black female senator, put it: "Why was this needed in the speech?
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