In April 2019, the Kansas Supreme Court issued its opinion in Hodes & Nauser v. Schmidt, a case challenging Kansas’ 2015 ban on a common method of abortion care. In its decision, the Kansas Supreme Court held that the Kansas Constitution guarantees the right to “personal autonomy,” which includes a woman’s right to decide whether to have an abortion. The Court’s ruling has prompted anti-abortion activists to press for a constitutional amendment removing the right to abortion from the state constitution, joining a coordinated state-by-state attack on reproductive health, rights, and justice and on the personal autonomy of pregnant people.
Amending the Constitution first requires a two-thirds majority vote in both chambers of the Kansas Legislature, then a simple majority vote of the people at an upcoming election of the legislature’s choosing. Only the legislature can propose amendments to the Kansas Constitution.
In 2020, a bipartisan coalition of reproductive rights advocates and allied organizations successfully campaigned to deny anti-choice majorities in the legislature the supermajority vote required to advance a constitutional amendment to the ballot. The measure—dubbed the “Value Them Both Amendment” by anti-abortion activists—passed the Kansas Senate, but failed in the Kansas House by four votes.
Following the 2020 elections, the makeup of the Kansas Legislature has shifted, both in partisanship and support for reproductive rights.
In January 2021, politicians referred a constitutional amendment to the August 2022 primary ballot in Kansas. These same politicians have been slowly chipping away at abortion rights for the past two decades, and it’s no secret that their goal is to ban abortion in Kansas. With the Supreme Court allowing Texas’ six-week abortion ban to go into effect, it’s more important than ever to protect reproductive rights in Kansas.
It’s up to us to decide the future of reproductive rights in Kansas. Kansas can either be a state where abortion remains safe and legal, or a state where it isn’t. The time to decide is August 2022.
That's why Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes is asking for donations for our partners at Kansans for Constitutional Freedom. KCF is a bipartisan coalition of reproductive rights advocates and allied organizations committed to defeating the constitutional amendment on the August 2022 primary ballot that will pave the way for a total ban on abortion in Kansas.
*Donations to Kansans for Constitutional Freedom and Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes are not tax-deductible as charitable contributions. Aggregate gifts of $50 or greater in support of Kansans for Constitutional Freedom efforts must be reported to the Kansas Governmental Ethics commission and are subject to public disclosure.