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By maintaining the right to abortion, Kansas creates a surprise

Two women abortion supporters demonstrate their joy Wednesday in Overland Park, Kansas. DAVE KAUP/AFP

ANALYSIS – Thanks to a strong mobilization, the electorate of this conservative rural state voted largely against the end of its constitutional guarantee of abortion.

Washington Correspondent

Kansas surprised both Republicans and Democrats by voting overwhelmingly on Tuesday to uphold the right to abortion in the state Constitution. In a referendum that proposed removing this constitutional guarantee, 59% of voters in this conservative Midwestern state rejected such a change, saying they wanted to keep access to abortion, compared to 41% who favored its abolition.

Had that constitutional guarantee been removed, it would have allowed the Republican-controlled Kansas legislature to tighten restrictions or ban abortion altogether, as neighboring states of Missouri and Oklahoma have done. . Against all expectation, the opposite happened.

This referendum comes less than two months after the judgment of the American Supreme Court, which had put an end on June 24 to the constitutional guarantees of abortion at the level…

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