Commentary: Roe v. Wade strikedown awakens pro-choice Kansans, threatens Value Them Both amendment

Dion Lefler, The Wichita Eagle on

Published in Political News

Last Friday was the best day ever for the campaign to ban abortions in the United States.

And it might just have been the worst day ever for the effort to ban abortions in Kansas.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling of June 24 repealed the federal right to an abortion that was enshrined in the court’s Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. On a federal level, that’s game, set, match for the pro-life forces that have campaigned to outlaw abortion for decades.

But in Kansas, the picture is developing differently.

Pro-choice Kansans have been largely in political hibernation for decades, secure behind the legal firewall that Roe v. Wade provided.

They’re awake now, and they’re fighting the proposed “Value Them Both” constitutional amendment on the Aug. 2 election ballot with every political weapon they can lay their hands on.


The week since Roe was struck down has seen pro-choice Kansans motivated in a way we’ve never seen before.

There have been protests, large and small, every day since the Supreme Court ruling.

Signs and bumper stickers urging a “No” vote on the amendment have proliferated on homes and vehicles to the extent that pro-choice advocates are struggling to keep up with demand.

Anti-amendment freeway billboards urge Kansans to “Trust Women.”


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