What’s on the ballot in the August 2 election?
• A state constitutional amendment that would clear the way for the Kansas Legislature to ban all abortions, regardless of whether lives are endangered or the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.
After a leaked U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning the landmark case that promised women the right to abortion, an August vote to amend the Kansas Constitution over abortion has taken on heightened importance.
Some, but not all, election filing deadlines are different this year because of the delay caused by redistricting.
Hundreds of students at Lawrence and Free State high schools walked out of their buildings at 11 a.m. Tuesday in protest of Kansas’ current state of affairs.
More than 100 students filed outside West Middle School on Thursday morning to demonstrate their support of bodily autonomy and the right to choose abortion.
The stakes for the August vote over a Kansas constitutional amendment on abortion access were made clear by the leak of a draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion striking down federal abortion rights.
The “Value Them Both” amendment would pave the way to a complete ban of abortion in Kansas despite language implying otherwise, panelists said Saturday. If the majority votes “yes” in August, legislators could ban abortions even in cases of rape, incest, and risk of death.
Related opinion columns:
“Those who believe passionately in abortion rights will … need to build a movement sturdy, motivated and well-funded enough to battle for decades to come,” Clay Wirestone writes in this column for Kansas Reflector.
“Anti-abortion politicians do not care … about your baby. Their chosen moniker is ‘pro-life,’ but it is far more accurate to label them ‘pro-birth,’” Kate Queram writes in this column for States Newsroom.
If a proposed amendment to the Kansas constitution passes, “With almost certainty there will be no legal abortions in Kansas — no matter how she got pregnant or even if she might die from the pregnancy,” Amii Castle writes in this letter to the Times.
“Within the next year, the Kansas Legislature will pass a full ban on abortion, without exceptions for rape or incest. Gov. Derek Schmidt will delightedly sign it and rhapsodize about our state’s culture of life,” Clay Wirestone writes in this column for Kansas Reflector.
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