KANSAS CITY – Kansas voters have sent a resounding message about their desire to protect abortion rights by rejecting a measure that would have allowed the Republican-controlled Legislature to tighten abortion restrictions or ban the procedure outright.
The vote Tuesday was the first test of voters’ feelings about abortion since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in late June.
The defeated amendment proposal, had it passed, would have spelled out that the state constitution doesn't explicitly mention 'abortion' and therefore lawmakers could make whichever laws they desired around the procedure. Voters rejected that change.
The Kansas Supreme Court in 2019 ruled that the state constitution does indeed protect a woman's right to an abortion, a right that can't be overruled by state lawmakers.