Washington, D.C. – Today, voters in Kansas protected their reproductive freedom by voting to keep the right to an abortion in their state constitution, defeating a legislatively referred measure. This was the first test case in the fight for reproductive rights via statewide ballot measure since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
In response, Kelly Hall, Executive Director of the Fairness Project, released the following statement:
“Congratulations to Kansans on choosing to defend reproductive rights today and defeating a dangerous measure pushed by an extremist state legislature. Now that abortion is no longer a federally guaranteed right, ballot measures will continue to be essential in the fight ahead. We need serious and continued investments in and attention on the ballot measure process, particularly for citizen-initiated measures so that voters can take matters into their own hands. We will keep up our work with partners and organizations to advance citizen-initiated ballot measures to protect reproductive rights in states across the country, starting this November in Michigan and Vermont.”
The Fairness Project is actively supporting citizen-initiated ballot measures to defend reproductive rights, including with a broad coalition of partners in Michigan to advance a ballot measure to affirm reproductive freedom in the Michigan state constitution. Last month, that campaign turned in more than 750,000 signatures to qualify the measure for the ballot in November. The Fairness Project is supporting a similar campaign to protect the right to choose in Vermont, and is working through its Ballot Measure Rescue Campaign to protect the ballot measure process in states where direct democracy is under attack.