Kansas Supreme Court Rules State Constitution Protects Women’s Right to Choose
The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled the state’s constitution protects a woman’s right to an abortion. The ruling also solidifies this right in the event that Roe v. Wade is overturned.
According to the six out of seven justices, one dissented, a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body are interpreted under the state’s Constitution’s Bill of Rights which says, “All men are possed of equal and inalienable natural rights, among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
The justices ruled, “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.” This historic ruling comes after two doctors challenged a ban on dilation and evacuation abortions in the state.
A federal judge blocked the ban and the case made its way to the state Supreme Court. This ruling comes in on the other side of most abortion laws these days, with many states including Ohio, Mississippi, Texas, Georgia, Florida and Missouri limiting a woman’s right to an abortion with Heartbeat bills, laws that ban abortions after a doctor detects a fetus’ heartbeat, which is usually around six weeks, long before most women even realize they’re pregnant.
The Realist Woman’s take:
Without this ruling, Kansas was definitely on the same abortion warpath as the states mentioned in the story above. These conservative red states are working their asses off to limit a woman’s right to an abortion, to the point of banning it entirely.
All laws are not just, but this ruling is. The right to choose what happens with our own bodies is a precious right. And women will never back down from this fight. I am over the moon at this ruling because even if Brett Kavanaugh got his way and Roe v. Wade was overturned, women in Kansas would still have the right to choose and that’s amazing.