How to Interpret the Kansas Referendum on Abortion

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Voters in the conservative state roundly rejected a measure that would have added a constitutional prohibition.

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Aug. 4, 2022Updated 5:22 p.m. ET


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Kansas this week became the first U.S. state since the fall of Roe v. Wade to put the question of abortion directly to the electorate.

The result was resounding. Voters chose overwhelmingly to preserve abortion rights, an outcome that could have important political reverberations for the rest of the country.


Mitch Smith, a correspondent covering the Midwest and the Great Plains for The New York Times.

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Abortion rights supporters outside the Capitol in Topeka, Kan., on Saturday.
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Mitch Smith contributed reporting.

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