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We oppose the Kansas Constitutional Amendment that will be decided in the August 2nd primary election and encourage Kansans to vote “no”!
The intentionally confusing language of the amendment states: “Because Kansans value both women and children, the constitution of the state of Kansas does not require government funding of abortion and does not create or secure the right to abortion. To the extent permitted by the constitution of the United States, the people, through their elected state representatives and state senators, may pass laws regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, laws that account for circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest, or circumstances of necessity to save the life of the mother.”
The amendment language implies that to vote “yes” will protect victims and women. It does not. Voting for this amendment will give away our rights guaranteed by the Kansas Constitution, as affirmed in 2019 by the Kansas Supreme Court. Voting for the amendment gives the Legislature the full power to regulate abortion. If the amendment passes, it will immediately trigger the Legislature to ban abortion and related health care. There is already a bill drafted to do so.
Kansas already has highly restricted abortion care with no government funding, and that will continue if we vote “no.”
The League of Women Voters encourages all Kansas voters, including unaffiliated voters, to vote “no” on August 2nd.
— Carol Williamson and Lori Hutfles, co-presidents, League of Women Voters of Lawrence-Douglas County
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