August 14, 2022

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No Means Yes to Abortion: Kansas Votes on Confusing GOP-Backed Constitutional Amdt. to Ban Abortion

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We go to Kansas, where voters today are deciding whether to pass a constitutional amendment that would override a 2019 state Supreme Court ruling establishing a constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy. If the amendment passes, it will clear the way for Republican state lawmakers to ban the procedure, which they have vowed to do. Kansas is the first state in the country to vote on the right to abortion and one of the last states in the region to still allow abortion, with clinics there having reported an influx of patients from neighboring states, including Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas, after the Supreme Court reversal of Roe v. Wade. Republicans are "strategically using tactics of voter suppression" to ensure the amendment passes by requiring strict registration guidelines and drafting "incredibly confusing" language in the amendment, says reproductive health reporter Amy Littlefield. Despite this, she says the abortion rights community feels "cautiously optimistic" that the enormous grassroots mobiliziation in response to the overruling of Roe "might just be enough" to strike down the amendment.

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