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.
In an outcome that may ripple through politics nationwide, Kansas voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly defeated a constitutional amendment that could have led to the banning of abortion in the state.
Tuesday’s vote is the last opportunity for Kansas voters to protect the state’s current abortion rights, Democratic legislators say. And if the amendment on the ballot passes, there will be little to no opportunity anytime soon for it to be overturned.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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