Kansas voters in a landslide Tuesday defeated a constitutional amendment
The ballot measure was failing by a 60-40 margin late Tuesday after voters responded to an intense and costly campaign
The question before voters, in the form of a confusingly worded constitutional amendment, was whether to end the right to abortion in Kansas by voting “yes”
The outcome could have far-reaching political implications, with a governor’s race and congressional seats on the ballot in November
“I’ve always maintained that a woman’s reproductive health care decisions should be between her and her physician,” said Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly
The court determined that the right to bodily autonomy in the state constitution’s Bill of Rights includes the decision to terminate a pregnancy
That meant abortion remained legal in Kansas when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, allowing each state to determine its own rules for reproductive health care
“Congress should listen to the will of the American people and restore the protections of Roe as federal law,” Biden said.