Kansas Supreme Court rules state constitution protects abortion rights

May 2019
April 26, 2019
Kansas Supreme Court rules state constitution protects abortion rights

The ruling blocks a 2015 law banning second-trimester abortion procedures.

The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that the state’s constitution protects abortion rights, blocking a 2015 Kansas law that banned a second-trimester abortion procedure.

Judges ruled that the Kansas protections of the “right of personal autonomy” means state law cannot abridge the right “to control one’s own body, to assert bodily integrity, and to exercise self-determination. This right allows a woman to make her own decisions regarding her body, health, family formation and family life – decisions that can include whether to continue a pregnancy.”

The ruling found that Kansas protections could potentially override any federal restrictions on abortion, a finding that could pave the way for legal challenges to abortion laws in other states that are trying to strictly control the procedures. The ruling comes as more than 11 states across the Midwest and south have been passing laws that ban abortion procedures after six weeks – often before women even know they are pregnant.

The court’s ruling in Kansas was seen as a win for abortion rights supporters, as more groups turn to the courts to support federally backed abortion rights protected by 1973’s Roe vs Wade.

Justices on the Kansas Supreme Court are nonpartisan and appointed to their seats. Interesting...a non-partisan Court.
Dec 2015
In Your Heart!
One just has to wonder how those judges that make such decisions can comfortably sleep at night knowing that as a result of their rulings hundreds of thousands of innocent children will be aborted, left to die when they were on their way towards developing properly and living an expected happy life. Such rulings are very wrong but that is what is wrong in this country in that those in charge of making, ruling on and interpreting laws simply don't care about the life of other innocents if it does not affect them personally. Sad and horrendous but true.