Kansas’s supreme court ruled that our state constitution not only protects the right to abortion, but protects it more robustly than the U.S. constitution does.
The Kansas state supreme court has declared that our state constitution provides protections for pregnant people above and beyond that of the U.S. supreme court in Roe v. Wade or Planned Parenthood v. Casey. In a six to one decision they determined that the Kansas constitution’s protection of a natural right to personal autonomy includes a protection of the right to an abortion.
As you might imagine, not everyone is happy about this. Kansas state senate president Susan Wagle is especially not happy about this, and penned an editorial in the Kansas City Star declaring abortion to be “barbaric” and also repeating several misleading statements about the current state of reproductive care in America.
For a legal breakdown of the case, please hop on over to the Opening Arguments podcast episode on this case, officially titled Hodes & Nauser v. Schmidt.