Yesterday Kansas voters rejected a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state’s constitution:
Kansas voters on Tuesday rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have ended abortion protections in the state, marking the first time since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade that Americans have voted on the issue.
If passed, language would have been added to the state Constitution stating, “[b]ecause 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 a right to abortion.”
The proposed amendment was in response to a Kansas Supreme Court ruling in 2019 that said the state’s constitution protects the “natural right of personal autonomy,” which includes the right to “control one’s own body.”
With 96 percent reporting, the Value Them Both Amendment failed 58.8 percent to 41.2 percent, according to the Associated Press.
Super-objective journalist Dan Rather thinks this could be a sign that the midterm election game could change considerably:
Wow. Kansas. Might be time to reshuffle the conventional wisdom deck for the midterms.
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) August 3, 2022
Keep hoping, Dan! Not that he’s picking a side or anything.
Yes please. Dems should spend all their money in Kansas. It’s a swing state in November for sure. https://t.co/695fe1noyo
— Luke Thompson (@ltthompso) August 3, 2022
From skipping Wisconsin to going all-in on Kansas. Genius.
— Brett Daniels (@BrettDanielsBAL) August 3, 2022
It’s a bold strategy indeed!
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