EDITOR’S NOTE: This story originally reported that the Value Them Both Amendment guaranteed certain restrictions on abortion. It has been corrected to indicate what the amendment proposes in its original language.

TOPEKA (KSNT) – The Kansans For Life group held a rally on the south steps of the State Capitol Tuesday afternoon.

Featured rally speakers included Kristen Day, Executive Director of Democrats for Life of America and Kim Borchers, Kansas Republican National Committee Woman, and State Senator Kristen O’Shea.

“The issue of life is not a partisan issue, It is a dignity of life issue. I want to thank the Kansas Legislators who have fought tirelessly to make it possible for this amendment to be on the ballot this August. They did their job, now it is time to do ours.” Kim Borchers, Kansas Republican National Committeewoman said.

“Last year this time, my husband and I found out we were pregnant. I was struck with tears when I heard the heartbeat. This is not just me and my body, this is also him and his body.” State Senator Kristen O’Shea.

A 2019 ruling by the Kansas Supreme Court guaranteed abortion as a right for women in the Kansas Constitution. Kansans For Life said this ruling threatens limits on abortion like these below:

  • Parental consent for minors seeking abortion
  • Informed consent, alerting women to potential health risks
  • 24-hour waiting period
  • Abortion clinic sanitation and safety standards

The Value Them Both Amendment, which has passed the Kansas House and Senate, goes to voters in August of 2022. Like the 2019 ruling, it is a constitutional amendment that instead affirms the potential for regulation 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.”

Value Them Both Amendment

Pro-life House and Senate members participated in the rally for a brief moment. Jake LaTurner, House of Representative for Kansas was also present at the rally. The group assembled at the Topeka Performing Arts Center and marched to the south steps of the capitol.

The group’s schedule included,

  • Catholic Mass at TPAC
  • Non-denominational prayer service in Capitol Visitor Center Auditorium
  • March starts at TPAC and goes to the capitol.
  • Rally for Life on south steps of the capitol