Kansas GOP lawmakers fail in anti-abortion amendment effort

Posted at 4:45 PM, Feb 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-07 17:45:39-05

TOPEKA, Kan. — Republican lawmakers in Kansas have failed to get a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution on the ballot.

The vote Friday in the Kansas House stalls efforts to ensure that the state's Bill of Rights does not secure a right to an abortion. The vote was 80-43, leaving supporters four votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to pass the measure.

But neither side expected it to be the last word on whether the proposed amendment ultimately is put to a vote in a statewide election. Abortion opponents will likely try again.

Lawmakers are in session until early May.