Politics Important takeaways from Kansas’ vote for a constitutional right to abortion

18:31  13 august  2022
18:31  13 august  2022 Source:   thehill.com

The Right to the Ballot and the Body

  The Right to the Ballot and the Body Kansas shows why the anti-abortion movement has to win power by undemocratic means.I am a supporter of the abortion license, as Ponnuru put it, but I am allergic to giddiness. No leftist can afford fantasy: We seek to change the world as it is, not as what we’d like it to be. Perhaps the anti-abortion movement could learn something from this attitude. Though Kansas is a relatively conservative state, the result of Tuesday’s referendum should not be a complete shock. Abortion rights are broadly popular in the U.S.

Kansans recently voted overwhelmingly to retain their state constitution’s protection of a right to abortion — a victory for women’s health and equality in the state. The landslide vote took place despite confusing ballot wording, intentionally misleading messaging from abortion opponents and the state’s deep crimson politics. This was the first vote taken on abortion rights since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, and the extent of the victory — an 18 percent spread — surprised abortion opponents and supporters alike. Most observers had projected a close race.

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But Kansas’ vote does not mean that the right to abortion is best left to the ballot — a driving justification offered by the U.S. Supreme Court’s radical right majority and an argument that some have suggested this vote validates. Specifically, in the recent Dobbs decision, the majority wrote that “the authority to regulate abortion must be returned to the people and their elected representatives.” In his concurrence, Justice Brett Kavanaugh agreed that “the Court’s decision properly leaves the question of abortion for the people and their elected representatives in the democratic process.” Ironically, Kansas’ vote not only protected abortion rights in the state — it also amounted to a democratic rejection of the position that abortion should be left to politics.

Democrats Should Frame Abortion Rights as Health Care, Not ‘Choice’

  Democrats Should Frame Abortion Rights as Health Care, Not ‘Choice’ In a striking demonstration of political backlash against the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Kansas voters on Tuesday resoundingly rejected–by a considerable 19-point margin–a constitutional amendment that would have given state lawmakers the power to ban abortions. The defeat of this referendum sends a clear message to national Democrats that the energy surrounding this issue is on their side, and with the right messaging, the party can successfully circumvent Republican-led efforts to ban abortion at the state-level in the upcoming midterm elections.

That Kansans unambiguously rejected the ballot initiative that would have changed the text of their state constitution to permit the outlawing of abortion is a victory to celebrate with a variety of important takeaways. (The right to abortion was recognized by the state’s Supreme Court as being enshrined in the state’s constitution in 2019.)

First and foremost: celebrators of women’s equality needn’t totally despair; voters in red states appear to hold different positions on abortion than the majority of their stridently anti-abortion elected officials. In real terms, people will continue to be able to access legal abortion care in the state of Kansas.

Additionally, the vote is an important statement on the place of politics in reproductive care. When Kansans voted on whether the right should be taken out of the state’s constitutional ambit — what Dobbs did to the federal constitution — an overwhelming majority, 59 percent, rejected the idea that their state legislature should decide the fate of abortion in the state. The ultimate outcome of Kansas’ election is that abortion remains a constitutional right in the state, and not a political football — as it should be.

Biden administration rebrands, pushes chemical abortions at cost of women’s health care

  Biden administration rebrands, pushes chemical abortions at cost of women’s health care Each component of the federal government’s effort – from rebranding abortion to interpreting federal law to force a national chemical abortion market into existence – rests on shaky logical and legal grounds. Parts of it already are being contested in court, including by my firm, Alliance Defending Freedom. Opposing those efforts is imperative if women’s health (not misnamed and deadly federal “health care”) truly is to be protected and the people’s elected representatives are finally to have a voice. Ryan Bangert is senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom (@ADFLegal).

Abortion is too fundamental, too personal, too essential to individual liberty to be left to the whims of the public’s or politicians’ discretion. As the Dobbs dissent warned, the right to abortion is “part of the same constitutional fabric” as the rights to same-sex marriage, same-sex intimacy, and contraception — rights that similarly should not be left to facile political discretion.

This is what the people of Kansas voted in favor of: not only abortion rights, but also constitutional protection of the right to personal autonomy, which the Kansas Supreme Court reasoned “allows a woman to make her own decisions regarding her body, health, family formation, and family life — decisions that can include whether to continue a pregnancy.”

Including Kansas, 10 states have recognized the right to abortion under their own state constitutions. This is immensely important in our new post-Roe reality. Although the Supreme Court has issued its decision reversing a half-century of precedent that recognized that right, in time, the court should again acknowledge that abortion is also embedded in the federal constitution and is a fundamental federal constitutional right.

Elyssa Spitzer is a senior policy analyst for the Women’s Initiative at the Center for American Progress.

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Hundreds of Americans a week are seeking abortion help from Mexico – and most of them want a safe hand-off of abortion drugs at the border .
Since Roe v Wade was overturned, cross-border health networks have been fielding more than 100 calls per day from Americans wanting an abortion.Fifteen years ago, abortion was a crime in Mexico. In 2021, the Mexican Supreme Court challenged the ruling, stating that abortion would no longer be criminalized. In states like Mexico City and Oaxaca, abortion is legal. Now, Mexican advocates told Insider that Americans are crossing the border for support that is difficult to find – or illegal – in some US states.

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