On Tuesday, Kansans took to the polls to determine whether the state constitution should be amended to make it easier for legislators to protect the lives of the unborn.
The Republican-dominated state saw 60 percent of voters cast their ballots against the proposed amendment, with 40 percent voting for it.
According to The Atlantic, the inclusion of the amendment on the ballot was planned long before the overturning of Roe v. Wade by the US Supreme Court.
While it appeared as though the measure would pass, some have suggested the court’s decision ignited pro-abortion sentiments, thus rallying people to come out and vote against any attempt to restrict or ban the practice.
The proposed amendment would have essentially banned taxpayer-funded abortion, rendering void a 2019 decision by the Kansas Supreme Court that enshrined abortion in the state constitution.
Had it passed, lawmakers would have had the ability to restrict abortion in all cases. The GOP’s supermajority in the state would have been able to override the Democrat governor’s likely veto.
Following the news, President Biden released a statement offering praise for those who voted ‘no.’
“The Supreme Court’s extreme decision to overturn Roe v. Wade put women’s health and lives at risk,” Biden began. “Tonight, the American people had something to say about it. Voters in Kansas turned out in record numbers to reject extreme efforts to amend the state constitution to take away a woman’s right to choose and open the door for a state-wide ban.”
“This vote makes clear what we know,” he continued, “the majority of Americans agree that women should have access to abortion and should have the right to make their own health care decisions.”
Biden went on to urge Congress to “listen to the will of the American people and restore the protections of Roe as federal law.”
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