Kansas Supreme Court strikes down two pro-life laws, dissenting justice warns

Kansas Supreme Court strikes down two pro-life laws, dissenting justice warns

On Friday, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled in a series of cases, striking down two laws designed to protect unborn children from abortion. The court ruled 5-1 to strike down both laws, a decision that led its lone dissenting justice, Justice Caleb Stegall, to warn that the state is headed toward “a legal regime of unfettered access to abortion.”

The first law struck down sought to ban dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortions, and the second would have regulated abortion facilities by requiring them to meet specific licensing and safety standards. As the Associated Press noted, “neither of the laws struck down by the court had been enforced because of lawsuits filed against them by abortion providers.”

The law banning D&E had been on hold since 2015, when a lawsuit was filed against it. The most common second-trimester abortion procedure, brutal and violent, typically lasts several days and involves the abortionist dilating the woman’s cervix, then using a Sopher clamp to dismember the fetus’s still-living limb from the torso before the skull is crushed.

The Abortion Facility Regulation Act was put in place to ensure that abortion businesses maintain high standards, thereby reducing risks to women – common sense legislation, given the number of women regularly injured in abortion facilities, particularly in the state that was home to prominent abortionist George Tiller, who was assassinated in 2009.

In its decision, the Court noted that the state constitution protects abortion and, therefore, pro-life laws, which have been upheld by the courts for years — cannot stand. The court’s decision was influenced by a 2022 vote in which state voters overwhelmingly rejected a measure that would have protected unborn lives in the state constitution. As pro-life groups have warned, lawmakers and courts are now using that vote to strike down many common-sense pro-life laws.

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“It hurts to say ‘we told you so’ to the many Kansans who were deceived by the abortion industry’s assurances that it would still be ‘heavily regulated’ in our state if voters rejected the 2022 amendment,” said Danielle Underwood, a spokesperson for Kansans for Life.

“Kansas voters made it clear in 2022: Abortion rights must be protected,” said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights. “This is a huge victory for the health, safety, and dignity of people in Kansas and throughout the Midwest, where millions have been denied access to abortion…”

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