AG to ask Kansas Supreme Court to reconsider abortion ruling


Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt answers questions during an Associated Press interview in his office, Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Topeka, Kan. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Attorney General Derek Schmidt says he will ask the Kansas Supreme Court to reconsider a 2019 ruling declaring access to abortion a “fundamental right” under the state constitution.

Schmidt filed a notice Tuesday that he plans to appeal an April lower-court ruling striking down a state law banning a common second-trimester abortion procedure as unconstitutional.

Shawnee County District Judge Teresa Watson’s decision was the first on abortion from a lower court since the 2019 decision from the state’s highest court.

The Republican-controlled Legislature earlier this year put on the August 2022 primary ballot a proposed amendment to the state constitution to overturn that Supreme Court decision.

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