Kansas vote to keep abortion vindicates Dobbs SCOTUS decision, temporary setback for pro-lifers

Kansas voted on Tuesday to keep abortion rights in place, proving that democracy is alive and well in America and works just as the Supreme Court said it would after overturning Roe v. Wade.

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The referendum supporting abortion rights in Kansas is seen as a temporary setback by pro-lifers who have no intention of giving up in the red state.

“While the outcome is not what we hoped, our movement and campaign have proven our resolve and commitment,” Kansans for Life said in a statement. “We will not abandon women and babies.”

“The defeat this evening is disappointing,” state Sen. Molly Baumgardner (R) stated, according to NPR. “That struggle for truth, and the struggle for life, is going to continue in the state of Kansas.”

The heavily Republican state voted against a ballot measure that would have overturned a ruling by the state Supreme Court that declared abortion was a constitutional right in the state. It was the first major test of abortion rights since the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision.

The vote was 59 percent to 41 percent, a nearly 20-point spread that was a definitive win for pro-choice groups.

The pro-life Value Them Both Amendment would have affirmed 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.” But voters, instead, chose to keep abortion rights in place.

“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,” President Biden said in a statement.

“This vote makes clear what we know: the majority of Americans agree that women should have access to abortion and should have the right to make their own health care decisions,” he claimed.

“As the first state to vote on abortion rights following the fall of Roe v. Wade, Kansas is a model for a path to restoring reproductive rights across the country through direct democracy. From Michigan to Nevada, we have the opportunity to protect abortion access at the ballot box in November. We know that Kansas will not be our last fight, or our last victory,” Planned Parenthood president Alexis McGill Johnson said in a statement.

When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the decision on whether to allow abortion or not was handed back to the individual states. In other words, Americans, not the federal government, will decide whether to keep it legal or not.

Pro-choice activists were incensed by the Supreme Court ruling, contending that it banned abortion, which was not the case. The justices ruled that there is nothing in the United States Constitution that would force states to allow abortions to take place.

Roe v. Wade sought to affirm that there is a constitutional right to abortion, mandating the practice in every state. The ruling was flawed and was considered by many to be unconstitutional.

At least 14 states are now restricting abortion. But they do not ban residents from traveling to other states to get the procedure as many on the left have falsely asserted. It speaks to the very heart of democracy and freedom of choice for Americans and is a vindication of the Supreme Court ruling.

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Since the overturning of Roe v. Wade, justices have been harassed and threatened outside their homes. Justice Brett Kavanaugh was the target of an attempted assassination. Justice Clarence Thomas has been the subject of racist attacks. Pro-life clinics have been vandalized and burned. Protests promising even more violence have resulted on the left as well.

But none of that was called for as abortion was not federally banned as was claimed by leftist pro-choice agitators. While the pro-life movement is disappointed by the Kansas setback, this is how America’s government should work and it speaks to the wisdom of the Constitution.

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