Kansas Supreme Court rules state constitution protects right to abortion

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled last week that the state’s constitution protects a woman’s right to access an abortion.

“Among the rights is the right of personal autonomy,” the justices wrote in a 6-1 decision. “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 case centered on a 2015 Kansas law that banned a second-trimester abortion procedure called “dilation and evacuation.”

The statute banned those types of abortions except when necessary to preserve the life of the mother, prevent impairment of a major bodily function of the mother or if the fetus is already dead.

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