Tomorrow, voters will decide whether to add a pro-life amendment to the Kansas constitution.
In 2019, the Kansas Supreme Court struck down the state’s ban on dismemberment abortions. The dismemberment method, also known as “dilation & evacuation” or “D & E,” is used after the first trimester, when unborn babies are too large to kill by suction. To preserve that barbaric method, the Kansas Supreme Court claimed to discover a “right to abortion” in the Kansas state constitution — meaning that Dobbs, which operated at the level of the United States Constitution, does not fix the problem. The only way forward is a state constitutional amendment.
The Value Them Both amendment, once approved by voters, would add the following corrective language to the state constitution:
Because 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. To the extent permitted by the constitution of the United States, the people, through their elected state representatives and state senators, may pass laws regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, laws that account for circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest, or circumstances of necessity to save the life of the mother.
Kansas ranks seventh on Americans United for Life’s list of pro-life states, and the state has a vibrant anti-abortion movement. The limited available polling suggests that the Value Them Both amendment will pass. But it might be close, as pro-abortion interests are outspending supporters of human life. Failure to pass the amendment could make Kansas an abortion tourism site, while neighboring states unburdened by judicial activism enact laws to protect the unborn.
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