The Kansas Abortion Message – WSJ

The press corps is making a fuss about Tuesday’s defeat in Kansas’ abortion referendum, and for once they’re right. The roughly 20-point defeat of efforts to remove abortion protections from the state constitution is a message to Republicans and the anti-abortion movement that a total ban is not popular even in a right-wing state.

The rejected amendment would not have imposed abortion restrictions. It would have overturned a 2019 Supreme Court ruling that found an abortion right in the Kansas Constitution — a case of judicial legislation, in our view. But voters were clearly concerned about how far the Kansas legislature would go if allowed to impose abortion restrictions. Nearby Oklahoma and Missouri now have near-total bans, and Kansans have taken heed. The Kansas Abortion Message – WSJ

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