Conservative Kansas votes to retain abortion rights

Conservative Kansas votes to retain abortion rights

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The conservative state of Kansas held the first vote in the United States on the issue of preserving the right to abortion. According to preliminary data, more than half of the residents voted in favor of maintaining the corresponding amendment to the state Constitution, reports Bloomberg. At the time of writing the news voting result – 58.8% are in favor of the amendment, 41.2% want its abolition.

“At a time when reproductive rights are under unprecedented threat across the country, Kansas has said loud and clear at the polls, ‘Enough is enough,'” Mini Timmaraju, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said in a statement.

The results of the vote will uphold a 2019 Kansas Supreme Court decision that granted residents the right to abortion under the state constitution. More importantly, Bloomberg notes, the courts will retain grounds for overturning any abortion ban that the Kansas legislature might put forward.

The U.S. Supreme Court had previously overturned a 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade that recognized the right to abortion as constitutional. This allowed the states to determine their own rules for termination of pregnancy. To date, this procedure forbidden in ten states, in two more states the ban will take effect during August, and in five states the relevant laws have been temporarily blocked.

Conservative Kansas allows pregnancy to be terminated up to 22 weeks. The preservation of this right in the state is of great importance, not only for its inhabitants, but also for the inhabitants of neighboring states. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2019, about half of those who received Abortion Assistance in Kansas were residents of states with stricter laws.

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Source: meduza.io

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