Kansas voters vote against constitutional amendment that would remove the right to abortion

Kansas voters Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would remove language enshrining reproductive rights in their state, in a move widely seen as a victory for abortion rights activists.

The proposed amendment is the first time anywhere in the United States that voters have cast their ballots on abortion since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June.

One ballot question, known as “The Value of Both Amendments,” asked voters to decide whether the state constitution should continue to protect abortion rights. A proposed amendment to the state constitution would have removed language guaranteeing reproductive rights and asking voters if they would prefer to put the issue of abortion in the hands of the state’s Republican-controlled legislature — an outcome that abortion advocates said was a sure one. in the elimination or curtailment of these rights.

A “yes” vote on this measure would remove the right to abortion from the state constitution and return the issue to the state legislature. A “no” vote on the measure would not result in any changes, while preserving the abortion rights enshrined in the state constitution.

Anti-abortion activists argued that the Kansas ballot question created an opportunity to put the issue in the hands of voters via the state’s elected legislators. Abortion-rights advocates have warned that agreeing to hold the ballot would almost certainly revoke or curtail existing rights in a country that has more lenient laws on its books than many of its neighbors.

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Source: NBC

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