The voters of Kansas (United States) overwhelmingly expressed themselves on Tuesday (08.02.2022) in favor of keeping the right to abortion intact, as it is currently regulated in the state Constitution, in a defeat for the conservatives who sought to restrict it.
According to the projections of the main American media, with 90% of the vote counted, more than 60% of the voters rejected changing the state Constitution to restrict the right to abortion.
This is the first referendum held by a US state after the Supreme Court ruling that annulled the “Roe v. Wade” ruling, which eliminated the federal right to abortion and gave states the power to legislate on the subject.
The consultation, which was held to coincide with the primary elections in the state on Tuesday, could have opened the door for the state government to legislate to restrict the right to abortion, which however will now remain legal until 22 weeks.
It was a particularly relevant referendum because it could have set a precedent for other states.
Despite having a Democratic governor, Laura Kelly, the central state of Kansas has a strong Republican tradition and this party controls the offices of the attorney general, the secretary of state and both chambers of the state legislature.
In addition, Republicans also dominate presidential elections and Donald Trump was the favorite presidential candidate in the last two elections, with 56% of the vote.
This Tuesday’s referendum had been harshly criticized by civil organizations, who denounced that the text of the question was not clear enough, in an attempt to “misinform and confuse those who oppose abortion,” according to the Planned Parenthood organization. .