The majority of voters stated they did not want the state constitution to be changed to say there is no right to abortion.
Since the US Supreme Court permitted states to outlaw the practice, it had not been put to a vote before.
If the outcome of the election had been different, lawmakers may have taken action to further limit or outlaw abortion in Kansas.
Since the US Supreme Court invalidated Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that made abortion legal throughout the country, two months ago, the Kansas ballot issue has been eagerly awaited.
According to projections, Kansans supported the state’s constitutional right to abortion access by a margin of more than 60%.
For the time being, it is only a projection; the final outcome will be verified in a week.
President Joe Biden predicted that people would consider abortion rights after Roe v. Wade was reversed. That idea now has support thanks to what happened in Kansas.
In a state that Republican former President Donald Trump won by 15 points just two years ago, the referendum outcome is being viewed as a landslide.
The Supreme Court’s decision is seen by Democrats and pro-choice organizations as being out of line with the general public, and this shows that Americans are extremely dissatisfied about the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold abortion rights.
On November 8, the US will have national midterm elections, with Democrats trying to keep possession of Congress.
The outcome, according to Mr. Biden, “shows that most Americans think that women should have access to abortion,”
At a watch party in Overland Park, Kansas, one voter, Taylor Hirth, sobbed as she celebrated the outcome with her nine-year-old daughter.
The idea of my kid ever being pregnant and me being powerless to prevent it infuriates her since she was raped, she told the BBC.
“We have worked so hard to get the vote out here that I never imagined it would happen. Republicans miscalculated our might.”
Value for Both, a Kansas-based pro-life organization, claimed that over the previous six months, “radical left groups” had “spread falsehoods” about the amendment and that “Kansans experienced an avalanche of disinformation from them.”
A statement on its Twitter page said, “This conclusion is a momentary setback, and our devoted struggle to value women and infants is far from done.”
On a primary election day when Republicans often exceed Democrats by a two to one margin, Kansas authorities reported that overall voter turnout was much higher than anticipated.
In the final month before the election, when emotions were high, a Catholic church and a statue of the Virgin Mary were vandalized with red paint and a pro-choice message.
Some Kansans had received false SMS on the day of the election pushing them to “vote yes” to defend choice, but the reverse was true – a “yes” vote was to restrict access to abortion. Twilio, a tech business, announced that it had removed the sender’s anonymity from its system.
Despite being a highly conservative state, Kansas has less restrictive abortion laws than many other states with Republican governors.
Other restrictions, such as an obligatory 24-hour waiting time and mandatory parental approval for children, apply to the termination of pregnancies up to 22 weeks.
Republicans who oppose abortion dominate the state’s legislature, while Laura Kelly, the governor of the Great Plains state, is a Democrat. She had cautioned that altering Kansas’ state constitution would send the state “back into the dark ages.”
Since the Supreme Court’s ruling on June 24th, more than a dozen states with Republican governors have taken steps to outlaw or significantly restrict abortion.
However, the right to an abortion is guaranteed by state constitutions in 10 US states, including Kansas. These provisions can only be changed via popular vote.
Other states, like Vermont and California, are conducting elections in November to strengthen abortion provisions in their state constitutions.