Voters in the US state of Kansas have voted against an amendment that would restrict or restrict access to abortion.
The vote is the first major vote on the issue since the Supreme Court struck down the U.S. constitutional right to voluntarily terminate a pregnancy in late June.
Voluntary termination of pregnancy would be prohibited in Kansas if the right to abortion were removed from the state constitution. The regional legislature, which has a conservative Republican majority, could have passed the law.
But it won’t come. Opponents of the fix clearly did, with 80 percent of agencies accounted for. Currently, 61 percent are against the amendment and 39 percent are in favor, according to US media reports.
In Kansas, a relatively sparsely populated farming state in the heart of the United States, abortion is allowed up to 22 weeks of pregnancy. Those liberal regulations make the state a haven for women from neighboring states Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas, which have stricter abortion laws.
The poll was seen as a barometer of the mood among moderates and progressives regarding the Supreme Court ruling. President Joe Biden tweeted: “This is an important victory for Kansas, but also for any American who believes that women can make decisions about their health care without government interference.”
The US government filed a complaint on Tuesday against a law banning all abortions in the state of Idaho. The US Supreme Court handed down the historic Roe vs. The Wade decision was overturned. Then, in 1973, the court ruled allowing abortion.
After the Supreme Court overturned, President Joe Biden had already expressed regret over the decision. He pledged to do everything in his power to protect access to abortion. As president, however, his room for maneuver is limited. In the wake of the court’s ruling, his attorney general, Merrick Gerland, created a task force to examine state anti-abortion laws.
One of those states is Idaho in the western part of the country. This is one of the new laws that will come into effect from August 25. The law states that abortion is only possible if it is necessary to save the life of the pregnant woman.
‘Serious Health Hazard’
Garland has now asked the court to block the law from Idaho because the state law violates the federal law on medical emergencies and does not provide an exception for “serious harm” to a pregnant woman, making lawsuits against doctors impossible.
Washington’s rationale was that abortion “may be necessary treatment to stabilize a patient in a medical emergency.” However, Garland noted that after the Supreme Court ruling, “there have been many reports of delays, delays and denial of treatment to pregnant women in medical emergencies”.
A dozen states have already banned abortions in their territory, which could eventually happen in half of the 50 states. The vote will be held in Kansas on Tuesday.
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