Kansas is a Midwest abortion haven, but Republicans in the state are forcing the issue again
As pregnant women are forced to travel further and further for reproductive care due to strict abortion restrictions like those in Texas and Oklahoma, Kansas expects an influx of patients as even where its own legislators are considering an abortion ban.
When Texas SB 8 first passed, Texans flocked to Oklahoma for abortion care. But after passing a total ban on abortion, Oklahoma lawmakers passed another trigger law last week, in case the Supreme Court quietly overturns Roe vs. Wadebut won’t say it outright.
At first, it might not seem to have much to do with Kansas (apart from the state sharing a border with Oklahoma): a 2019 Kansas Supreme Court decision, which ruled that the constitution of the state recognizes abortion as a basic right, has made the state something of an abortion haven in the Midwest. But that could change this year.
Clearly, Kansas lawmakers are coming after abortion: State lawmakers have proposed a constitutional amendment to allow abortion to be banned on the ballot. In August, voters will have to decide whether the Kansas Constitution protects the right to abortion, as established in the 2019 ruling. And while the state is led by Democratic Governor Laura Kelly, Republicans control both houses of the state legislature (see: Kentucky).
According to a recent report by Topeka Capital-Journal and Gannet Kansas State House reporter Jason Tidd. But with local abortion rates rising, the GOP is increasing the rhetoric, saying Kansas will be a “destination for abortion,” Tidd reported.
Championing the “Value Them Both Amendment” (yes, that’s what it’s called), the anti-abortion movement is ready and ready – and it’s up to Kansas voters to realize what’s happening before it’s not too late.
This post was adapted from a Twitter feed.