Several community members shared their personal stories about reproductive health care decisions with The Lawrence Times ahead of the Aug. 2, 2022 vote on a state constitutional amendment that would have cleared the way for politicians in the Kansas Legislature to ban abortions.
Kansas voters elected to keep protection for abortion in the state constitution by a nearly 60-40 margin. Read more about that at this link.
In May 2017, Kayla Deere thought she had passed the halfway point of her pregnancy when abnormal sonogram findings alerted her doctor to complications.
If the baby survived birth, he might only live for seconds, minutes, hours, a day. And he would experience trauma.
In early 2009, Sarah Smith wanted to be pregnant — but she had two pregnancies that could have been fatal for her. Life-saving health care enabled her to have three more children.
Two Lawrence women who faced unintended pregnancies in their 30s — one in a thriving, long-term marriage and the other in the midst of a toxic and abusive relationship — shared their personal accounts of ending their pregnancies by abortion.
Though she chose to give birth after both of her pregnancies, Joe Cheray valued her ability to make those decisions in her reproductive health journey, especially since her bodily autonomy has been stolen by men starting at an early age and throughout her life.
Before she got an abortion last year, Bulaong Ramiz said she never saw herself as someone who would do so. But when the time came, she chose herself and her then-2-year-old daughter who needed her.
Proponents call it the “Value them Both” amendment. These women would dispute that characterization. And much misinformation has swirled around the amendment ahead of Tuesday’s election.
If she hadn’t received an abortion at age 19, Sarah Deer said she would not have become the person she is today. She has reached great heights of success as a legal scholar, advocate and more.
More about the issue and the amendment:
On Tuesday, Aug. 2, voters statewide will decide on an issue that could permanently change Kansans’ health care rights.
Who’s getting abortions in Kansas? Here are some stats, plus answers to some FAQs about the amendment vote and what it means.
• Kansas Abortion Fund
• Planned Parenthood Great Plains
• Abortion (medication & in-clinic) in Overland Park (Planned Parenthood)
• Center for Women’s Health in Overland Park
• Find an abortion provider (nationwide)
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