The Supreme Court has overturned the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion throughout the U.S and puts the decision to the states to decide rules governing access to the procedure.
U.S. Senator Roger Marshall reacted to the news Friday morning in a video statement, where he called on Americans to remain peaceful and respectful in the protest of the decision.
U.S. Senator Jerry Moran echoed Justice Samuel Alito’s statement that the “American people will again have the opportunity to make their voices heard through their representatives and the legislative processes.
It’s expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states. In Kansas it all but amplifies an upcoming constitutional amendment vote.
Abortion rights in Kansas currently fall under the protection of a 2019 Kansas Supreme Court ruling that found the state constitution includes the right to an abortion. Voters will decide Aug. 2 whether to amend the state constitution with a provision that says it doesn’t promise access to abortion.
If approved, abortion would not be banned immediately in Kansas, but would open the likelihood for lawmakers in the Republican-controlled Legislature to pass more restrictive abortion laws.