Thursday, August 4, 2022
In a vote for pro-choice advocates to celebrate, Kansans affirmed the right to abortion in their state. Surrounded by states that are largely expanding anti-abortion statutes, Kansas will remain a haven for those seeking abortion services. This result is a blow to those looking to ban abortion in every state. Historically a deeply religious and conservative state, the outcome of the vote is a surprise to many. One of the lessons hopefully recognized by anti-choice promoters is that the 70% of the population that identifies as pro-choice, even those that support reasonable restrictions, are unhappy with the recent Supreme Court decision. Women and other voters support women's right to control their healthcare.
One of the most frightening impacts of the Dobbs decision was the court's prioritization of religion over women's autonomy. Religious freedom must be redefined freedom to prioritize freedom from religion. The separation of church and state was the norm for many decades and was a founding principle. The current Supreme Court term upended the separation principle that was under attack at least since the Hobby Lobby decision. Consistently, those celebrating Dobbs cited a religious basis. The Catholic Church purportedly spent $3 million in Kansas promoting an anti-abortion vote.
Thank you, Kansas, for giving hope to women nationwide.