Voters in Tuesday’s Kansas primary are faced with a ballot measure seeking to repeal a right to abortion in the state’s constitution. They are the first state in the nation to vote on the issue after the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June. The Value Them Both amendment would grant the legislature broader powers to regulate abortion by overriding a 2019 Kansas Supreme Court ruling. The issue was legislatively referred to the ballot after failing to receive a two-thirds vote in the House in 2020.
The language of the proposed amendment reads:
“…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…”
Supporters of the amendment are tight-lipped about what regulations or potential bans they intend to see brought through the Republican-controlled legislature, while the opposition and their mega-donors are spending heavily to protect the abortion industry in the state. Current state law allows abortion up to 22 weeks gestation.
Republicans generally dominate the voter turn-out in Kansas primaries, but the abortion issue (and major spending) has fueled record numbers of voter participation, and non-partisans are included in voting on the ballot measures.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre fielded a question on the measure two weeks ago, encouraging voter participation:
“And so the President has been very clear: To make sure that Americans get their voices heard and take it to the ballot box, that is the way that we’re going to see real change. That is the way that we can use our political power.”
Well, we know how the left likes to use its political power:
A pro-life Student was assaulted while campaigning.
Breaking: A pro-life student with @SFLAction door knocking for the Kansas Value Them Both Amendment was just assaulted by a pro-abortion woman, who chased her & repeatedly hit her. The pro-abortion side is angry & wounded. Proud of this student & her peaceful witness for life.
— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) August 1, 2022
Churches are vandalized.
At least two churches in Lawrence were vandalized overnight with messages opposing the constitutional amendment on abortion. This is Victory Bible Church. pic.twitter.com/eM36wXGKOM
— Stephen Koranda (@Stephen_Koranda) August 1, 2022
The anticipated election result is seen as a litmus test in a post-Roe world, especially in a state with conservative tendencies. Regardless of the outcome, this will be touted as a wedge issue even when the polls don’t agree with Democrat strategists that the Roe repeal is a key to midterm wins. As with most ballot measures, the language is being deemed confusing while some voters were sent incorrect information in text messages. Outcomes from the ballot box and their implications in Kansas and nationally are still unknown, but we can expect the routine violence and church vandalism– progressive desperation is on the ballot in November.