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Kansas voters by a wide margin voted "no" on a constitutional amendment that would let the state's Republican-controlled legislature ban or severely restrict abortion. The result was a test of how voters would react to the Supreme Court's decision overturning the federal constitutional right to abortion that arose from the 1973 Roe v. Wade case.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer: "Last night in the American heartland, the people of Kansas sent an unmistakable message to MAGA Republican extremists" Kansans voted 59% to 41% against a proposed constitutional amendment that would let the state's Republican-controlled legislature either ban or severely restrict abortion.

The strong abortion rights vote in Kansas will continue into the November elections, he says. "If it's going to happen in Kansas, it'sgoing to happen in a whole lot of states," he adds. "Republicans who side with these extremist MAGA policies that attack women's rights do so at their own political risk"

The vote was the crucial first test of how voters could react to the Supreme Court's decision in June. The latest Supreme Court ruling effectively leaves it up to individual states to decide how strictly to regulate or outright ban abortion. Nearly half of the states are expected to impose total or near-total bans.

The Justice Department filed a lawsuit seeking to block Idaho's new abortion law. The law would make it a criminal offense to perform abortion in nearly all cases. Tuesday's loss by anti-abortion advocates in Kansas was stunning because the state reliably supports Republicans, whose party opposes abortion.
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