St. Paul, Minnesota – Voters in Kansas yesterday resoundingly rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have cleared the way for politicians to outlaw abortion, reinforcing that a majority of people across America support safe and legal abortion.
The vote protects abortion access in Kansas, ensuring people in the state and surrounding states where abortion is banned can safely receive the care they need. The effort to take away people’s fundamental right to abortion in Kansas drove high voter turnout, with more people voting on it than casting primary ballots for governor. Even the state’s largely conservative counties voted down the constitutional amendment.
“The vote in Kansas sends a decisive message that Americans are angry about the efforts to roll back their rights and won’t stand for it,” said Sarah Stoesz, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood North Central States. “Kansas shows us what we in the Upper Midwest have known since North Dakota and South Dakota voters overwhelmingly defeated multiple efforts to eliminate abortion, that abortion is very much an energizing and non-partisan issue that drives voter turnout. We won’t back down in this fight because decisions about our families and futures belong with us, not politicians. That’s why it’s critical in this moment we invest and fight in places that others have traditionally ruled out and push to have our voices heard.”
Planned Parenthood North Central States and its subsidiary organizations provide, promote, and protect reproductive and sexual health through high quality care, education and advocacy. A member of America’s most trusted reproductive health care provider, our affiliate is proud to support and operate 28 health centers across our five-state region (Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota). Each year, we provide health care to nearly 115,000 people and health education to more than 55,000 people in our region.