Kansas Voters Protect Abortion Rights
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 3, 2022
Yesterday, Kansans voted on a historic ballot measure that determined the fate of abortion rights in the state. By voting ‘No,’ Kansans have protected their communities and abortion access in the state and stopped dangerous abortion bans from taking effect. This was the first time abortion was on the ballot since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, and it comes at a critical moment for access in the region.
Statement from Melissa Fowler, National Abortion Federation’s Chief Program Officer:
“Just over a month after the fall of Roe v. Wade, Kansans were the first in the country to vote on a historic ballot measure that determines the fate of abortion rights in their state. Yesterday, Kansans overwhelmingly voted against this dangerous amendment, and in doing so, have taken an important step in protecting their ability to access abortion care.
This vote came at a critical time as more and more states move to pass harmful, restrictive abortion bans. Today, Kansans can celebrate that their fundamental rights to basic health care and bodily autonomy are still protected by the state’s constitution.
Now more than ever, everyone across the country—from those in state courts to statehouses to everyday people—has a role to play in protecting access to abortion care. We are grateful to all the Kansas voters who turned out for this important vote, and to the reproductive justice advocates, abortion providers, youth activists, faith leaders, and democracy supporters who came together in the lead up to this vote to reach as many Kansans as possible.
Of course, this vote was just the first step in protecting abortion access in Kansas and beyond. There is much work to be done alongside other abortion advocates, providers, community leaders, and democracy supporters to ensure as many people can continue to access care around the country as possible, even in this post-Roe landscape. The NAF Hotline is a resource that anyone, anywhere can call to understand their options, including locating a provider, arranging travel, and raising funds for their care. We remain committed to helping as many people as possible obtain the abortion care they need. And we will keep fighting until every person, no matter where they live, how much money they make, or what they look like, has the freedom to make their own decisions.”
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