Lawmakers returning to Topeka today for veto session wasted no time in their attempt to overturn Governor Kelly’s veto of a medication abortion “reversal” bill. Just this morning, the Senate voted to override the veto, so the bill now moves to the House. Gov. Kelly said the bill will, “interfere with the relationship between patients and their physicians.”
In much brighter news, on Friday, the Kansas Supreme Court issued a long-awaited ruling inHodes & Nauser v. Schmidt. The Court’s landmark decision states that women have the same right to safe, legal abortion in our state constitution as they do under the U.S. Constitution (emphasis ours):
“Section 1 of the Kansas Constitution Bill of Rights provides: 'All men are possessed of equal and inalienable natural rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.' We are now asked: Is this declaration of rights more than an idealized aspiration? And, if so, do the substantive rights include a woman's right to make decisions about her body, including the decision whether to continue her pregnancy? We answer these questions, ‘Yes.’”
The ruling sends a strong signal to our legislators that they can no longer use politically motivated and medically unnecessary restrictions to block women from the health care they need and deserve. But the fight is not over. Anti-abortion politicians have already pledged to introduce a constitutional amendment that would end the right to abortion in Kansas if Roe v. Wade were ever overtuned. Make a gift today to help us fight to keep abortion legal in Kansas.
As the legislative session winds down, I want to thank you for your continued support for Planned Parenthood. We need you now more than ever.
See you in the field,
Regional Director of Public Policy and Organizing
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May 7, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Voices for Choice at Kansas State Capitol in Topeka
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