By Anne Reed
Kansas is at the forefront of the abortion debate today. Why is that?
After Roe v. Wade’s overturn, the fight is on the state level. In the past few weeks, judges in a number of states have blocked abortion bans after lawsuits claimed the laws violated the state constitutions. We were warned before Roe’s overturn in June that state judges would make this inaccurate claim, much like the U.S. Supreme Court Justices did more than 49 years ago concerning the U.S. Constitution.
In 2014, the people of Tennessee had the opportunity to vote on Amendment One – a constitutional amendment aptly titled the No State Constitutional Right to Abortion and Legislative Power to Regulate Abortion Amendment. The amendment passed (53% to 47%), leaving no ambiguity concerning the absence of abortion in the state’s governing document, thereby removing the opportunity for misinterpreting or legislating from the bench based on a judge’s partialities.
Because the people of Tennessee have spoken at the ballot box and made a proactive declaration, the legislature has the freedom to represent the will of the people who elected them.
The state’s 2020 heartbeat law, previously blocked by a federal court, became effective four days after Roe was dismantled. And the state’s trigger law is set to become effective on August 25. Though other states have been subject to blocks by state judges, Tennessee has positioned itself above such judicial overreaches.
Tomorrow, Kansans can do the same. When Kansans vote yes, they too are declaring that “we the people” will make decisions through elected officials concerning the protection of life in the womb.
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“The abortion cartel relishes its power to destroy innocent human life – all in the name of ‘reproductive healthcare,’” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “They will spend millions of dollars to hold onto their so-called ‘right’ to kill. Constitutional amendments like Value Them Both remove from their blood-stained hands the power to legally kill.”
In Kansas, campaign finance reports from January 1, 2021, to July 18, 2022, reveal the sources of donations for and against the Value Them Both Amendment. The contrast of origin for donations received is startling and should be deeply concerning to the citizens of the state.
Donations Received in Opposition to the Amendment (No Vote):
$6.5 million (71% from out-of-state donors, 29% from in-state donors)
Donations Received in Support of the Amendment (Yes Vote):
$4.7 million (1% from out-of-state donors, 99% from in-state donors)
The millions spent on advertisements attempting to convince Kansans to vote against their consciences came from outsiders who do not represent the values of the people.
This isn’t a new tactic. It happened in Tennessee as well. In the final period leading to the 2014 ballot vote, out-of-state groups like pro-abortion ACLU, D.C.-based Americans for Economic Growth, and Planned Parenthood gave massive amounts to defeat the amendment.
But Tennesseans weren’t fooled. They stood their ground and voted their values. And so can Kansas.
“Kansans, let’s go to the polls in one accord tomorrow and vote our values,” said Newman of Kansas-based Operation Rescue. “Don’t let outside organizations with ulterior motives and a wealth of blood money win in our great state, making us a destination for criminally minded, late-term abortionists to painfully end the lives of innocent babies!”
The Value Them Both amendment states:
“Because Kansans value both women and children, the constitution of the state of Kansas does not require government funding of abortion and does not create or secure a right to abortion. To the extent permitted by the constitution of the United States, the people, through their elected state representatives and state senators, may pass laws regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, laws that account for circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest, or circumstances of necessity to save the life of the mother.”
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