Kansas voters decide to keep abortion legal in the state

Kansas voters decide to keep abortion legal in the state

Kansas voters rejected an amendment that would have weakened the right to abortion under the state constitution.

Close to 781,500 people voted where 60.4% voted "no" and 39.6% voted "yes" to the amendment.

This is a major defeat for anti-abortion activists in the post-Roe era.

Nearly $13 million was reportedly spent on ads in the state on the issue of abortion ahead of the vote.

In June the SCOTUS overturned the abortion protections in Roe vs Wade.

Kansas voters were the first in the country to directly weigh in on abortion rights since the Supreme Court.

Reproductive health care will remain available in the state where nearly 8,000 patients got an abortion last year.

Since the high court's ruling, at least 12 states have either banned abortion outright or after six weeks of pregnancy.