In a US test case, Kansas votes on abortion rights

The decision on whether to strike the right to an abortion from the constitution of the typically conservative state of Kansas will have significant implications for Kansans themselves.

As Republican-controlled legislatures race to enact tight limits on the operation in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, it is also being considered as a test case for abortion rights nationwide.

At the same time as the midterm elections for Congress, which both Republicans and Democrats want to focus national attention on the abortion issue, other states like California and Kentucky are scheduled to vote on the matter.

A 2019 state supreme court decision that ensures access to abortion — now up to 22 weeks — is the main issue on the Kansas ballot.

In response, the Republican-controlled state legislature proposed the “Value Them Both” amendment, which would have repealed the constitutional right and given control of the procedure back to legislators.

Activists on the other hand view the campaign as a thinly veiled attempt to pave the way for a complete ban; a conservative state senator has already presented a bill that would outlaw abortion completely, with no exceptions for rape, incest, or the mother’s life.

In response, the Republican-controlled state legislature proposed the “Value Them Both” amendment, which would have repealed the constitutional provision in favor of restoring legislative control over the process.

A conservative state politician has already submitted a measure that would outright ban abortion, with no exceptions for rape, incest, or the mother’s life, according to campaigners in the opposite camp, who regard the campaign as a thinly veiled attempt to pave the way for such a prohibition.

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