Kansas' big post-Roe abortion battle

How did Kansas end up at the center of the abortion fight?

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One of the first big battles of the post-Roe age is about to take place in Kansas. On Aug. 2, the state's voters will decide the proposed "Value Them Both" amendment to the state constitution that would give the Kansas Legislature the power to regulate — and, most likely, ban — abortion. The elections follow closely on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to strike down constitutional protections for abortion rights.

"This election has generated more attention — and more money — than any amendment in recent history," Cyndi Fahrlander and Angie Ricono report for Kansas City's KCTV. "Campaign finance reports show about $15 million has been raised to try to convince Kansans to vote one way or the other." Planned Parenthood has been a major donor to the pro-choice campaign, while the Catholic Church has been a big funder of the effort to pass the amendment — and a lot of cash has come in from out of state.

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