Kansas abortion amendment ; voters vote against the amendment
Kansas abortion amendment on its way of correction as the residents overwhelmingly defeated an amendment that would have stripped residents of abortion rights, despite predictions from polling and politics experts.
The amendment took place on Tuesday. Voters have responded by voting no by 60%.
The words listed on the ballot confused voters, causing them to vote under false pretences.
Rachel Sweet congratulated the crowd of abortion-rights supporters with a speech. “We blocked this amendment,” she said. “Can you believe it?”
The decision could have a political impact on upcoming races, while reproductive care will remain available in a state where six girls younger than 14 were among 8,000 patients who received abortions last year.
The proposed constitutional amendment is a reaction to the Kansas Supreme Court’s recent decision that rejects a law ban on common second-term abortion procedures. The right to bodily autonomy in the Constitution also allows women to terminate their pregnancies.
Abortion remained legal in Kansas after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, allowing each state to determine its own rules for reproductive health care. Seeing Kansas as a post-Roe world, America watched as they were the first state to vote on abortion rights.
Many Americans deem that women should have the right to access abortion, and they should be in control of their healthcare decisions. According to President Biden, the vote reaffirms this view.
Joe Biden believes that Congress should enact protections for Roe as federal law.
Voters in urban areas turned out at higher rates than in 2016, while turnout was low in the rural areas of the state.
Sweet says that she knew it would be difficult to pass this proposal from the moment lawmakers put it on the ballot. She succinctly points out that they “put in the work” and one can see from the numbers themselves, how effective their efforts were.
Dawn Rattan, who attended the watch party in Overland Park, said the defeat of the amendment shows that reproductive health care is an issue that crosses party lines. “And people everywhere want women to have a choice.” When it was announced that the amendment had been defeated, she began to cry.
Rattan was happy that the election was decisive and he expressed his relief.
The amendment would have resulted in the overturning of the Kansas Supreme Court ruling, giving the Legislature the power to pass any kind of abortion restriction without exceptions for rape, incest, or a patient’s health. It failed. Now abortions will continue to be legal, but heavily regulated.
There was confusion within the Value Them Both Coalition when it came to whether they would support a ban on abortion if the amendment passed, who routinely denounced claims that the amendment equated to an abortion ban. Audio obtained by Kansas Reflector revealed supporters of the abortion amendment had legislation in mind that would ban abortion from conception until birth, without exceptions.
Dannielle Underwood of the Value Them Both coalition said “the outcome of Tuesday’s election is a temporary setback.
The spokeswoman for Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America said the loss was “a huge disappointment for pro-life Kansans and Americans nationwide.”
Democrats received a text message urging them to vote in favour of protecting reproductive health rights that was later found by a Republican to be inaccurate.
Opponents to the amendment have complained about its misleading language. A line-by-line breakdown by the Guardian found inconsistencies in the language that were designed to mislead voters in favour of voting yes.
Kansans for Constitutional Freedom thanked the voters in their tweet.