Governor, local lawmakers respond to Kansas court’s ruling to protect abortion rights

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Republican lawmakers are biting back at the Kansas Supreme Court after they ruled to protect abortion rights, while the state governor expressed support.

The court ruled Friday morning that the state constitution protects abortion rights, halting a 2015 bill that would outlaw second trimester procedures. The blocked law referred to the practice as “dismemberment abortion.”

Governor Laura Kelly said the Kansas Supreme Court’s decision goes to show the state recognizes bodily autonomy.

“While federal law has long guaranteed every woman the right to make their own medical decisions with their healthcare providers, I’m pleased that the Kansas Supreme Court’s decision now conclusively respects and recognizes that right under Kansas law as well,” Kelly said.

Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle (R-Wichita) said the court instead has encroached on the right to life.

“Today, the liberal, activist Supreme Court showed just how out of touch they are with Kansas values,” Wagle said.

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) agreed with Wagle.

“An unborn child is a distinct human being and our laws should defend its right to life,” Moran said.

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