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Conservative Kansas votes strongly in favour of abortion rights

BMJ 2022; 378 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o1970 (Published 05 August 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;378:o1970
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

On 2 August the conservative central US state of Kansas voted by 59% to 41% in a referendum on whether to keep abortion legal in the state.

It was the first popular vote on the right to abortion since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade, the 1973 decision legalising abortion in the US, on 24 June.1 The court left abortion decisions to each of the 50 states, so abortion rights now rest on a state’s constitution and on old state laws that had never been repealed when Roe v Wade was the law of the land. About half of US states are either banning or strictly limiting abortion.

Kansas usually votes Republican and in …

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