(Ezekiel Loseke, Headline USA) Kansas will be the first state to have a disputed vote on abortion after the Supreme Court‘s historic ruling, enabling national tensions over a controversial issue to spill into the state, which has a long history of being a proxy for national political conflicts.
Ruby-red Kansas, unlike many other conservative states, did not have a trigger law that automatically banned abortion after Dobbs. In 2019, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that there was a Constitutional right to an abortion, according to The Federalist.
Thus, in Kansas today, abortion is illegal until the Constitution is amended. The up-and-coming midterm election in Kansas will include a vote regarding amending the Constitution, per MSNBC.
Pro-abortion activists are putting a Big-Government spin on the subject, advertising that a governmental ban is simply bureaucrats and politicians running amuck, in an advertisement MSNBC host Chris Hayes called “very clever.”
“Our real challenge is to make sure people know—make sure people register and vote in August,” said Kathleen Sebelius, a former Kansas Democrat governor and Obama’s former director of Health and Human Services. “If we can do that, I think the ‘no’ votes will prevail.”