Consons have voted to protect abortion rights in their state. The result leaves no room for doubt and is a major victory for a movement that defends women’s right to judge, right in one of those strong conservative places in the United States. 60% of those called to vote this Tuesday, on the occasion of the primaries, which choose which candidate each party sends to the legislative elections next November, voted against an initiative of parliament (87% of the votes counted). with) the republican majority, which attempted to add an amendment to the constitution. That new text left legislators free to restrict or severely restrict the abortion rights of nearly three million residents in that state, until the 22nd week of the last menstrual period.
Because of its symbolic content, the plebiscite has had a great impact across the country, with two parts of which, perhaps more opposed to the issue than any other, followed with passion.
This is the first vote of these features since the Supreme Court set aside the half-century precedent set by the ruling on June 24. Row Contra Wede, which gave women constitutional freedom to choose in 1973. The judicial decision returned the power to make laws to the states. Since the ruling, 11 have restricted or restricted abortion rights, thanks to laws approved by their legislators who were hibernating to take effect once the Supreme Court, the most conservative, in eight decades opened the door.
The text presented for a referendum in Kansas was certainly confusing; So much so that both parties used a good portion of the millionaire funds invested in the campaign to explain what it meant to vote yes (which actually means no to abortion) and the implications of a negative vote, which The victory is by a vast majority, a weaker than predicted election.
An amendment to the original text, which was proposed, “to the people, through their representatives”, “to allow the passage of laws on abortion, but not only, norms that take into account the circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest.” , or circumstances in which the life of the mother is at stake”. The new paragraph also states that, “Consciousness values both women and children.”
If yes had gone ahead, a Kansas Supreme Court ruling in 2019 that protected abortion in the state’s constitution would have made it inactive. That decision has tied the hands of Republican lawmakers during this time, whose majority in Congress and the Senate allows them to override a potential veto by Democratic Governor Laura Kelly. They won’t be able to. Following the apparent popular declaration, Kansas remains an asylum state, which will continue, as it has been, receiving patients from other places where women’s care is denied by law: originally, neighboring Oklahoma and From Missouri, but also from states like Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi or Alabama.
“Kansas’ values have always exemplified freedom, and tonight, Kansas continues that legacy,” said Emily Wells, director and CEO of Planned Parenthood Great Plains, a nonprofit association that includes three of five clinics. who provide reproductive health services in the state. , “Anti-abortion politicians put this amendment on the ballot in the primaries, relying on low voter turnout, but they did not heed the Consensus – who said loudly and clearly that it was up to patients to make their own medical decisions. believe and trust—especially during a dark time in history when people in the central west and south of the country are not given equal freedoms.” Planned Parenthood also operates in Great Plains Oklahoma and western Missouri, Two states where abortion is prohibited with very few exceptions.
US President Joe Biden has issued a statement half an hour after the Associated Press agency’s victory. Voters in Kansas voted in record numbers to reject extremist attempts to amend the state constitution, to strip women of choice and open the door to a statewide ban. “This vote makes clear what we know: Most Americans agree that women should have access to abortion and make their own decisions about their health care. Congress must listen to the will of the American people and protect them. should be restored Roe deer as federal law.
Surveys that establish the position of Americans on the issue establish nearly two-thirds of citizenships favor some kind of protection of abortion rights.