AG to ask Kansas Supreme Court to reconsider abortion ruling

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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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