Surprise ! Voters in Kansas, a conservative state, voted in a referendum on Tuesday, August 2, against a proposal to remove the right to abortion enshrined in their state constitution. They thus protect the constitutional guarantee on abortion. The participation was at least 50%, according to the poll supervisors, a figure deemed significant for this type of consultation.
This is the first ballot since the cancellation, Friday, June 24, by the Supreme Court of the United States of the judgment Roe vs Wade, of 1973, which placed the right to abortion under the protection of the Constitution. The president, Joe Biden, then denounced a “tragic error” who “puts the health and lives of women at risk” and called on Americans to stand up for abortion rights in November’s midterm elections. In Kansas, abortion will finally remain authorized until twenty-two weeks of pregnancy.
Parental authorization is required for minors. The “pro-choice” (pro-choice) savor a victory which has the value of a political test at the national level. A result ” outstanding “, said their campaign spokeswoman, Ashley All, quoted by AFP. According to her, “Kansasans understood that this amendment would impose government control over private medical decisions ». The state of Kansas remains rather conservative. It hasn’t voted for a Democrat in the White House since 1964. The state’s most populous county did, however, elect a Democrat, Sharice Davids, to the House of Representatives in 2018, and the state’s governor , Laura Kelly, is a Democrat. The electors “defended fundamental rights today”, she rejoiced in a tweet. Kansas is currently an exception among conservative states.
The neighboring states of Missouri and Oklahoma opted for drastic measures. The first prohibits the termination of pregnancy, including in cases of rape or incest. California and Kentucky will decide in November, when the midterm elections to Congress take place. The opportunity for Republicans and Democrats to campaign around the theme of abortion.
the federal state files a complaint against IDAHO
The battle is already heating up. Joe Biden’s administration has launched its first legal action on this emblematic ground. He filed a complaint on Tuesday, August 2, against an Idaho law which prohibits almost all cases of abortions. This rural and conservative state in the West quickly adopted a law, due to come into force on August 25, only authorizing abortions intended to save the life of a pregnant woman. Justice Minister Merrick Garland has called for the law to be blocked, saying it does not comply with federal emergency legislation, which provides for emergency response. “serious health hazard” of the pregnant woman. Idaho even intends to sue doctors who provide emergency care in such cases. This shows the tragic consequences of the judgment of the American Supreme Court. Since then, “there have been many reports of postponements, delays, and even refusals to treat pregnant women in a medical emergency”deplores the Minister.