Several states held primary elections Tuesday night, but for some voters, there was more on the ballot than candidates. In Kansas, a healthcare procedure that saves lives was on the cutting block — and voters stepped forward to save it.
As KansasCity reports, a group called the Value Them Both Coalition worked to place an amendment on the ballot that, if approved, would alter the state’s Constitution to take away the (already limited)right for a patient to choose to terminate a pregnancy. There was a high expectation of success, since the number of Republican primaries was higher, and thus the turnout was expected to favor the extremist conservative view.
Instead, voter turnout was so high that in the early evening, Secretary of State Scott Schwab predicted it could match the 2008 presidential race — pretty significant for a midterm.
Sure enough, the voters showed up and rejected the amendment, with almost three out of five voters opposing it.
Joe Biden celebrated the power of women on Wednesday, acknowledging their votes and their leadership in the campaigns to protect abortion access over recent months.
“[Republicans] don’t have a clue about the power of American women. Last night in Kansas they found out.”
— President Biden celebrates Kansas' defeat of a ballot initiative that would have repealed the state’s right to abortion pic.twitter.com/AsGe5t8FpR
— The Recount (@therecount) August 3, 2022
“They don’t have a clue about the power of American women. Last night in Kansas they found out. Women and men did exercise their electoral and political power. With a record turnout, voters in Kansas defeated a ballot initiative to remove the right to choose…Voters made it clear that politicians should not interfere with the fundamental rights of women…this fall, the American people will vote to preserve and protect the right, and refuse to let them be ripped away by politicians.”
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