The State of Kansas rejected the “Value Them Both Amendment”, which would have amended the constitution to permit the state legislature to prohibit abortion. What are your feelings about this response?

Kansas voters rejected a proposed amendment which would have given the state legislature authority to ban abortion. The full text of the Value Them Both Amendment states:

“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. To the extent permitted by the constitution of the United States, the people, through their elected state representatives and state senators, may pass laws regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, in circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest, or when necessary to save the life of the mother.” (HCR 5003)

The ballot included the following explanation (my emphasis):

“The Value Them Both Amendment would affirm there is no Kansas constitutional right to abortion or to require the government funding of abortion, and would reserve to the people of Kansas, through their elected state legislators, the right to pass laws to regulate abortion, including, but not limited to, in circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest, or when necessary to save the life of the mother. A vote for the Value Them Both Amendment would affirm there is no Kansas constitutional right to abortion or to require the government funding of abortion, and would reserve to the people of Kansas, through their elected state legislators, the right to pass laws to regulate abortion. A vote against the Value Them Both Amendment would make no changes to the constitution of the state of Kansas, and could restrict the people, through their elected state legislators, from regulating abortion by leaving in place the recently recognized right to abortion.” (HCR 5003)

On Aug 2, Kansas voters defeated the measure; abortion remains legal in Kansas.

How do you feel about this development?

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