Kansas voters reject the amendment to ban abortion
According to the Associated Press, voters in Kansas on Tuesday rejected a constitutional proposal that would have declared that women in the state had no legal right to an abortion.
Since the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson’s Women’s Health Organization, Kansas was the first state to vote on abortion rights.
Abortion access has been preserved for the time being in Kansas, despite the fact that other states in the region are restricting access to the procedure. Since Roe v. Wade was overturned, Kansas has become a popular destination for those seeking abortions outside of the state.
As the Kansas Supreme Court recently struck down some of the state’s earlier abortion restrictions, supporters of the amendment said that it was necessary to address the court’s overreach.
The amendment’s opponents contended that it would pave the way for state legislators to enact a complete ban on abortion.
When asked how far they would go in restricting abortion access in the event the amendment succeeded, Republicans remained reticent.
Abortion is restricted in Kansas, even beyond 22 weeks of pregnancy, and only in circumstances when the life of the pregnant woman is in danger. Among other things, the state demands an ultrasound before any procedure.
Even if the amendment failed, these limitations would have remained in effect.. The decision in this red state could be a portent of things to come when it comes to abortion votes in other states later this year.