Voters on Tuesday rejected a pro-life amendment in Kansas — the first test of voter sentiment following the overturning of the abortion case Roe v. Wade by the U.S. Supreme Court, which effectively kicked back abortion restrictions to the states.
The Value Them Both amendment was defeated by about 17 percentage points, blocking the state from removing a right to abortion in the state constitution.
President Joe Biden, who is Catholic, cheered the victory for abortion rights.
“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,” he said, according to The Associated Press.
Mallory Carroll, a spokeswoman for Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, called the loss a