Kansas voters will decide whether the right to an abortion is protected by the Kansas constitution on August 2nd.
While the words “right to an abortion” are not directly stated in the Kansas constitution, a 2019 Kansas Supreme Court ruling protects a person’s right to personal autonomy – which includes decisions concerning pregnancy.
The proposed amendment to the Kansas constitution would remove the right to abortion that currently exists. It would also explicitly state that the government would not be required to provide funding for abortions. Finally, it would give state legislators the right to pass laws regarding abortion.
- A “yes” vote affirms that the right to an abortion will no longer be guaranteed by the state’s constitution and legislators will be able to pass laws regulating abortion.
- A “no” vote means nothing will change in the state. There will be no amendment and the state’s constitution will remain as it is today.
Kansans must register to vote by July 12th to be able to vote on the constitutional amendment in the August primary.
Voters do have to register as a Republican or Democrat to vote in the individual races for each party. You can register here.