Voters in Kansas have rejected a push to deny the right to abortion in an early indicator of whether the issue will motivate voters in the US midterm elections.
Kansas votes to preserve abortion rights
Kansas voters have rejected a state constitutional amendment that would have declared there is no right to abortion, Edison Research projects, delivering a win to abortion rights advocates in a deeply conservative US state.
The vote was the first statewide referendum on abortion since the US Supreme Court overturned the Roe v Wade decision in June.
The ballot question drew national attention as an early indicator of whether abortion rights will motivate voters in November’s midterm elections.
The amendment’s failure will prevent Kansas’ Republican-led legislature from passing severe abortion restrictions without violating the state constitution.