TOPEKA, Kan. (KNS) – Both abortion activists and opponents are shifting their focus after voters rejected an amendment that would have stripped the right to an abortion from the state constitution.
The Kansas News Service reports that anti-abortion groups called the vote just a temporary setback and promised to come back with new strategies for reducing abortions.
Abortion activists celebrated and called for expanding abortions across the state. Ashley All, of Kansans For Constitutional Freedom, which opposed the amendment, says the group will need to continue advocating for abortion rights. She says abortion opponents may still try to pass new restrictions.
“I have no doubt that there will be additional bills put forward in the spring to limit access in other ways,” she said.
The group is also campaigning to support Kansas Supreme Court justices who will face retention elections this fall. Anti-abortion groups may push to remove them to reshape the court.