The pro-life movement suffered a defeat in Kansas on Tuesday when the state voted overwhelmingly to uphold “abortion rights.”
The Kansas vote on Tuesday asked whether the state would remove abortion rights protections in the state constitution, potentially paving the way for “state legislators to enact sweeping abortion restrictions or even pursue a ban,” the statement said. New York Times.
With 76 percent reporting, the “No” votes to preserve abortion rights beat the “Yes” votes by double digits – 62.2 percent versus 37.7 percent at the time of writing. Both NBC News and the New York Times have projected “No” as the winner of the referendum.
BREAKING: Kansas voters overwhelmingly support the preservation of abortion rights enshrined in the state constitution, NBC News projects. https://t.co/NDfv2yXQO4
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 3, 2022
Abortion activists and Democratic lawmakers celebrated the victory.
“This is huge: abortion rights were on the agenda for the first time since Roe, and the people of… Kansas voted to retain access,” tweeted Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). “I am grateful to my toes for everyone who helped stop this dangerous mood measure in its tracks.”
This is huge: abortion rights were on the agenda for the first time since Roe, and Kansas residents voted to retain access. I am grateful to my toes for everyone who helped stop this dangerous mood measure. https://t.co/krqSdoK4E2
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) August 3, 2022
Americans across the country raised $2 million for abortion rights in a week to stand up to a Republican congressman.
Kansas just voted overwhelmingly to protect access to abortion.
If abortion isn’t at the top of your campaign list, you need to reevaluate.
— Olivia Julianna 🗳 (@0liviajulianna) August 3, 2022
As NBC News noted, the Kansas vote marked the first time Americans went to the polls to decide the issue of abortion in the wake of the Supreme Court overthrow Roe v. Wade.
“Anti-abortion activists had argued” the Kansas vote issue created an opportunity to put the matter in the hands of voters through elected state legislators,” the outlet noted. “Abortion rights advocates warned that passing the ballot measure would almost certainly result in the elimination or curtailment of existing rights in a state that has more lenient laws compared to many of its neighbors.”
The proposed change came after the Kansas Supreme Court ruled in 2019 that the state constitution guaranteed the right to abortion and removed legislative power.
The good news is that the Kansas Constitution doesn’t really protect the killing of unborn people—only an activist state Supreme Court insultsly pretends it does. https://t.co/Qp8oIA5TgN
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) August 3, 2022
In the run-up to the vote, pro-abortion activists across the country came to Kansas to support the “no” vote.
Abortion law will be voted on tomorrow in Kansas. Vote NO to defend safe and legal abortion. https://t.co/2PsEJm2Z3u
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) August 1, 2022