Democrats, including Joe Biden, praised the outcome of a voting issue over abortion rights in Kansasafter a majority voted to protect the right in the state constitution.
In a statement, the president said saidKansas voters showed up in record numbers to reject extreme attempts to amend the state constitution to remove women’s right to choose and open the door to a statewide ban.
“This vote makes clear what we know: The majority of Americans agree that women should have access to abortion and the right to make their own health care decisions.”
The Kansas vote marked the first time abortion rights were on the ballot since the conservative-dominated Supreme Court Overturned Roe v Wadethe 1973 ruling that guaranteed justice, in June.
A yes vote would have allowed the Kansas conservative legislature to restrict or completely ban abortion.
Other high-ranking Democrats celebrated the Kansas vote as a testament to the desire for abortion rights across the country, even in Republican-controlled states.
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted“This is huge: abortion rights were on the agenda for the first time since Roe, and Kansas residents voted to keep access. I am deeply grateful to everyone who has helped stop this dangerous mood measure.”
Democratic National Committee chairman Jaime Harrison tweeted a congratulatory message, but did not mention the abortion referendum.
“As the GOP pushes their ultra-MAGA agenda, Democrats are nominating candidates who will work to cut costs and protect our freedoms,” He wrote.
For many Democrats and analysts, the Kansas vote suggested an emphasis on abortion rights could pave the way for success in November’s midterm elections.
The referendum question sparked a wave of new voters, drawing more than 800,000 people, against the 470,000 who took part in the 2018 gubernatorial primary, Insider reported.
Republicans celebrating Supreme Court ruling on abortion rights have since rushed to passing state abortion bans.
But the Kansas vote poses an unexpected challenge to Republicans looking to rally the issue for support in November. Even in more conservative states, voters largely support abortion rights.
“Kansans flatly rejected the efforts of anti-abortion politicians to create a reproductive police state,” said Kimberly Inez McGuire, Executive Director of Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity, told the Associated Press.
“Today’s vote was a strong rebuke and a pledge of mounting resistance.”