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Kansas Abortion Battle Shifts to November Elections, Legislature

Aug. 3, 2022, 5:58 PM

The landmark vote Tuesday preserving state abortion rights in Kansas isn’t likely to settle the issue there, especially if Republicans can maintain or build upon their super majority in the state legislature this November.

The vote—first on an abortion rights ballot measure since the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June —leaves in place a 2019 state high court decision that said the Kansas Constitution protects the right to an abortion.

But the legislature can take other steps to regulate or restrict abortion services. Since 2020, Kansas lawmakers have enacted laws or resolutions touching on abortion 11 times, ...