August 4, 2022

Kansas Voters Reject Pro-Life Constitutional Amendment

59% of Kansas voters voted Tuesday to reject the "Value Them Both" amendment to the state constitution that would clarify that it does not provide a right to abortion.

The amendment was put on the ballot by pro-life Kansas legislators to correct a 2019 Kansas Supreme Court decision asserting that the state constitution's guarantee of "equal and inalienable natural rights" included the right to abortion.

If the amendment was ratified into the constitution, Kansas would be able to enforce pro-life laws and guarantee that tax dollars are not used to fund abortion.

The amendment appeared on the Kansas ballot as follows:
"Regulation of abortion. Because Kansans value both women and children, the constitution of the state of Kansas does not require government funding of abortion and does not create or secure a right to abortion. To the extent permitted by the constitution of the United States, the people, through their elected state representatives and state senators, may pass laws regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, laws that account for circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest, or circumstances of necessity to save the life of the mother."

Pro-life leaders gave two potential explanations for the loss. The wording of the amendment may have been confusing, and pro-abortion organizations used false information and large amounts of spending to urge voters to oppose the amendment.

National Right to Life President Carol Tobias responded to the vote with the following statement:

"Sadly, thousands and thousands of babies will die in Kansas.

Lies about ectopic pregnancies and miscarriages, and false claims that women who have abortions would be prosecuted, promulgated by the media and the abortion industry, resulted in a tragic loss for women and their unborn babies. 

Contrary to those lies, pro-life legislation allows the removal of ectopic pregnancies and other procedures to save the life of the mother, the treatment of miscarriages, and does not impose any penalties on women who have abortions. Over 70 pro-life organizations signed a statement opposing criminal penalties for women who have abortions."

Kentucky is set to have a similar amendment on its ballot this November.

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