Kansas lawmakers put anti-abortion measure on 2022 ballot

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Chuck Weber, a lobbyist for the Kansas Catholic Conference, follows a state Senate debate on a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution from a Senate gallery, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, in Topeka, Kan. The proposed amendment would overturn a Kansas Supreme Court decision protecting abortion rights. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican legislators in Kansas have put a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution on the ballot for the state’s August 2022 primary election.

The Senate approved the measure Thursday on a 28-11 vote that gave abortion opponents one more vote than the two-thirds majority they needed. The House approved the measure last week.

Approval by a simple majority of voters would change the Kansas Constitution. The measure would overturn a 2019 Kansas Supreme Court decision that found that access to abortion is a “fundamental” right.

The measure would not be an abortion ban but would allow lawmakers to enact one if the U.S. Supreme Court allowed it.

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