Kansas Voters have Rejected a Proposed Amendment that would Weaken Abortion Rights in Ballot Initiative
A yes vote “would affirm there is no Kansas constitutional right to abortion or to require the government funding of abortion.”
Kansas voters have rejected a proposed amendment that would have lessened the protections for abortion in the state which is deemed a massive win for reproductive rights advocates in the first test at the ballot box since the overturning of Roe v. Wade. The initiative, known as Amendment 2, wouldn't have banned abortion in the state, but a yes vote “would affirm there is no Kansas constitutional right to abortion or to require the government funding of abortion.”
The proposed amendment was an attempt to overturn a decision made in 2019 by the Kansas state Supreme Court, which ruled 6 to 1 that the state constitution “enables a woman to make decisions regarding her body, health, family formation, and family life, including the decision whether to continue a pregnancy.” Kansas has continued to ensure abortion rights despite the United States Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade. States bordering Kansas have implemented near-total bans in place.
New polling shows that most Americans want abortion to be legal and Democrats hope the issue will motivate voters to turn out in November. This is the same day the DOJ sued Idaho for a near-total abortion ban. Kansas has voted Republican for multiple presidential elections and the Senate for some decades now. 54% of Americans have indicated beliefs that abortion is “a constitutional right that women in all states should have some access to,” versus 30% who said individual states should be allowed to outlaw it.