Topeka, Kan., Feb 2, 2021 / 20:01 pm
The Kansas Senate on Jan. 28 passed a measure that, if approved by voters, would amend the state's constitution to exclude a "right to abortion" and reserve the right to regulate abortion in the state to the legislature.
The proposed "Value Them Both" amendment would codify that "the constitution of the state of Kansas does not require government funding of abortion and does not create or secure a right to abortion." The Kansas House had passed the amendment Jan. 22.
The impetus for the amendment is an April 2019 ruling from the Kansas Supreme Court blocking a law that would have banned dilation and evacuation abortions, which found that the state constitution protects a woman's right to have an abortion.
If voters approve the amendment by a simple majority during the primary election in August 2022, it will nullify that ruling.