Kansas lawmakers consider constitutional change on abortion

By KNSS Radio

Abortion opponents and abortion rights supporters have packed the Kansas Legislature's largest committee room and two panels are reviewing a proposal for overturning a state Supreme Court decision protecting abortion rights. 

Anti-abortion groups want to amend the Kansas Constitution to declare that it does not grant a right to abortion and to allow lawmakers to enact restrictions. 

The state Supreme Court declared last year that access to abortion is a “fundamental” right under the Kansas Bill of Rights. 

If the measure before lawmakers Tuesday were approved by two-thirds majorities in both chambers, it would go on the August primary election ballot.