Want to Protect Abortion? Look to Kansas

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Members on the Girls’s March in Topeka, Kan., on Jan. 21, 2017. (mmrogne / Flickr)

On Aug. 2, Kansas voters will resolve whether or not or to not amend the Kansas Structure to explicitly state that nothing in it creates a proper to abortion. If handed, the modification would permit the state legislature to move legal guidelines banning and limiting abortion.

The activists behind the modification are trying to overturn a 2019 Kansas Supreme Courtroom resolution, Hodes & Nauser v. Derek Schmidt, during which the courtroom dominated the Kansas Structure’s Invoice of Rights protects a girl’s entry to abortion. The courtroom concluded that the proper to non-public autonomy is key and governmental regulation of abortion is constitutional provided that it passes a take a look at of strict scrutiny.

The so-called ‘Worth Them Each’ Modification would overturn this precedent, paving the best way for stricter abortion rules. One state legislator has already introduced a bill to completely ban abortions, which might make it a felony to obtain or carry out an abortion and supply no exception for the lifetime of the mom.

This is able to not solely be a catastrophe for Kansans, but in addition for People in surrounding states.

In line with a spokesperson at Kansas’ Belief Girls well being clinic, already 60 percent of their patients are from out of state. Deliberate Parenthood is seeing related numbers—even previous to Roe’s reversal, half of all their sufferers got here from Missouri. Presently, they’re planning to open a brand new abortion clinic in Kansas Metropolis to assist enhance capability.

If anti-abortion extremists are profitable in passing the constitutional modification in Kansas, hundreds of thousands of People can be left in an “abortion desert.”

Whereas Kansas’ structure protects abortion, the state nonetheless has restrictive policies curbing how Kansans can entry reproductive healthcare. However, in contrast to in most of the surrounding states, abortion is just not banned.

If anti-abortion extremists are profitable in passing the constitutional modification in Kansas, hundreds of thousands of People can be left in an ‘abortion desert.’

I dwell in Massachusetts, however my daughter was born in Texas. I spent three years combating Texas’ draconian abortion ban earlier than transferring. I’m fortunate that Massachusetts protects abortion rights, however that won’t assist People throughout the nation. 

As folks from a protected state, it’s our obligation as pro-choice People to help the folks combating on the frontline nevertheless we will. The battle raging in Kansas can have repercussions for hundreds of thousands of individuals and we must always put our cash the place our beliefs are. I encourage you to donate or become involved with Kansans for Constitutional Freedom—a bipartisan coalition of reproductive rights advocates and allied organizations dedicated to defending the constitutional rights of Kansans to make private healthcare choices free from authorities interference.

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