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Kansas lawmakers put anti-abortion measure on 2022 ballot

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Posted at 6:50 PM, Jan 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-28 19:50:47-05

TOPEKA — Republican legislators in Kansas have put a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution on the ballot for the state’s August 2022 primary election.

The Senate approved the measure Thursday on a 28-11 vote that gave abortion opponents one more vote than the two-thirds majority they needed. The House approved the measure last week.

Approval by a simple majority of voters would change the Kansas Constitution.

The measure would overturn a 2019 Kansas Supreme Court decision that found that access to abortion is a “fundamental” right.

The measure would not be an abortion ban but would allow lawmakers to enact one if the U.S. Supreme Court allowed it.

The timing of when lawmakers planned to put the issue on the ballot led to criticism.