This week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that no constitutional right existed protecting an abortion.
The expected ruling triggered laws in states across the country adding on additional restrictions or outright banning abortion.
How does the ruling affect Kansas?
It doesn’t immediately, but it paves the way for legislation limiting access to abortions or totally making the procedure illegal.
In 2019, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that women in Kansas have a constitutional right to an abortion.
Following, Kansas Legislators introduced an amendment to the state constitution to remove that right and to give the legislature control to again pass laws relating to abortion access.
In Kansas for a constitutional amendment to be approved, it takes 2/3 of the legislature’s approval to put an amendment up to public vote. A majority of the public then must approve the amendment.
The legislature last session passed the amendment with enough votes to get it onto the ballot for a public vote and set the vote date for the 2022 Primary election.
Now on Aug 2, Kansas voters will decide whether or not to add the amendment to the Kansas Constitution.
All voters, including registered independents, are eligible to vote in the primary as long as they are registered to vote.
The registration deadline to vote in the election is July 12.
A vote yes would do so, but a vote no would not.
The amendment would give the legislature power to then set laws regarding abortion access. With more than ⅔ of the legislature being members of the Republican Party and restricting or outlawing abortion access a goal of the party, it would then be likely they would pass legislation during the next session.
The legislation would then have to be approved by the governor.
The office is up for election between Incumbent Laura Kelly, (D), who has previously vetoed laws restricting abortion access and likely GOP nominee Derek Schmidt, who has been vocal in pushing back against the state Supreme Court ruling establishing abortion as a right.