Kansas GOP to stymie ban in reversing abortion-rights ruling

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FILE – In this Jan. 23, 2017, file photo, marchers arrive for a Roe v. Wade protest as hundreds converge on the Kansas Statehouse in Topika, Kan. Top Kansas Republicans are pushing to overturn a state Supreme Court decision that protects abortion rights but say they can’t get enough support to ban abortion.The Legislature expects to consider a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution during the annual 90-day lawmaking session set to convene Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. It’s a response to the state high court’s ruling in April that the state’s Bill of Rights makes access to abortion a fundamental right. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Top Kansas Republicans want to head off any push for an abortion ban in the state even as they make overturning a Kansas Supreme Court ruling that protects abortion rights a top priority.

The GOP-controlled Legislature expects to consider a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution during the annual 90-day lawmaking session that started Monday.

It’s a response to the high court’s ruling in April that the state’s Bill of Rights makes access to abortion a fundamental right. Abortion opponents are being pragmatic.

They worry that even if a ban could get through the Legislature, it would fail in the required statewide vote afterward. 

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