In the first statewide referendum after the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, Kansas voters overwhelmingly voted to protect abortion rights. Before yesterday’s primaries polls suggested an abortion ban would ultimately prevail in Republican-led Kansas. Still, even in some of the most conservative counties, “no” votes outpaced overall votes for Republican candidates.
With a massive primary voter turnout of 800,000 the “no votes” won by over 17% with only 96% of votes counted thus far.
Last night, a statement from the White House proclaimed that the people’s will had spoken in Kansas. “This vote makes clear what we know: the majority of Americans agree that women should have access to abortion and should have the right to make their own health care decisions.”
Now that Kansans have said they believe in a woman’s right to choose, Democrats nationwide are looking to pivot off that pivotal win and move it through the midterms to victory. In fact, four more abortion-related ballots are up for vote all on November 8 in Kentucky, California, Montana, and Vermont.