Kansas Supreme Court rules that the State Constitution Protects Right To Abortion

Kansas passed a ban on dilation and evacuation abortions in 2015.

Stephen Koranda/Kansas News Service

The Kansas Constitution protects a female’s right to an abortion, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday.

The landmark judgment now stands as the law of the land in the state of Kansas with no path for an appeal. Because it depends on the state’s Constitution, abortion would remain legal in Kansas even if the U.S. Supreme Court ever reverses the Roe v. Wade case that established a national right to abortion.

The choice turbocharged efforts among the conservative legislators are to ask voters to add an abortion prohibition to the Kansas Constitution. Lawmakers will return to the capital, Topeka, next week.

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