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From NPR news I'm no well king and I'm Steve Inskeep people in Kansas want voters to decide if women have a fundamental right to abortion if a ballot measure finds they do not have that right the state would become the force in the country following Tennessee Alabama and West Virginia to change its constitution so abortion is not protected here's a silly opus Jepson of the Kansas news service the Kansas bill of rights says that everyone has inalienable rights it's there in the state's constitution and the Kansas Supreme Court last year ruled that means residents control their own bodies including the right to an abortion that ruling was a win for abortion rights advocates but anti abortion groups through the state's current restrictions on abortion could be struck down unless that right is stripped from the constitution things like a general ban on abortion after twenty two weeks of pregnancy some religious groups and others are lobbying for an amendment to the constitution they organized letter writing campaigns petitions and prayer a lady of Guadalupe takes us to the unborn we implore your powerful intercession at this most critical of time now that the Kansas Supreme Court is completely remove pro life protections John Hollis check is coordinating a statewide rosary crusade to recite prayers like this one I don't think it's a slam dunk by any means although Kansas has a reputation of being pro life that it would necessarily pay out earlier this week the Senate voted to put the change to the constitution up for public vote the house could vote as soon as next week Chuck Weber lobbies on behalf of the state's for Catholic bishops and urges lawmakers to support this measure you can be pro choice as a legislator and still say you know what the American way is to decide things at the ballot box and so I'm gonna let the people of my district decide this question for themselves those of pushing the amendment one together on the August primary ballot here and abortion rights supporters are crying foul they argue that more Kansans will likely turn out for the presidential election in November not the primary which tends to turn out more conservative Republican voters surveys here suggests that while most Kansas residents do want some level of restrictions on abortion a majority wanted to remain legal abortion rights advocates are calling supporters hi is a lawyer is there and asking them to reach out to legislators so I'm actually calling to see if you or dealers would call represented Pittman and ask him to vote no on the constitutional amendment Planned Parenthood Great Plains votes is the group's advocacy arm everyone deserves protection under the constitution Rachel sweet is there a lobbyist even if you were in the minority you are a woman who is seeking abortion you're right should not be dependent on a vote of your peers just because they might disagree with your decision when Alabama voters approved a similar amendment to their constitution the legislature their past and near total abortion ban a measure that remains tied up in court but when Senate Republicans in Kansas voted this week to allow a referendum on changing the constitution they argued that nothing in the amendment's wording is a band in itself Planned Parenthood fares changing the constitution would be the first step toward making abortion illegal in the state for NPR news I'm Celia Cruz Jackson today on story cord Derek storms and his brother Raymond grew up in a troubled home in Florida they coped with it very.

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