Campaigns involved in Kansas abortion referendum busy ahead of election

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) — It’s been a week since the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade.

In Kansas, voters will be the first to vote on the abortion issue following the landmark decision.

Campaigns on both sides of the issue are shifting into high gear.

“We have a lot of work to do here in Kansas State,” said Danielle Underwood, Kansans for Life.

“We’re doing a lot more shifts, more people, more knocking doors,” said Ashley All, Kansans for Constitutional Freedom.

On August 2, Kansas voters will consider an amendment to the Kansas constitution. The Value Them Both amendment would reverse the Kansas Supreme Court’s 2019 ruling that declared a woman’s right to choose when it comes to carrying a pregnancy to term.

“We are united in our voice that we do not want to become a permanent destination state for unlimited abortion in unregulated facilities,” Underwood said.

Kansans for Life is the group behind Value them Both, Underwood called the effort one of the most significant in state history.

“We go door to door, person to person, church to church. This is an outreach effort that engages this incredible group of volunteers like we’ve never seen before,” said Underwood.

On the other side of the argument, Kansans for Constitutional Freedom is also running full steam ahead.

“We’ve seen a really big volunteer engagement, people signing up for canvassing and phone banking and just talking to their neighbors about the issue,” All said.

The challenge for Kansans for Constitutional Freedom is to retain the right to choose.

“We are working to protect the right of Kansas women to access care and to ensure that they can make decisions that affect them,” All said.

Both parties say that no matter where you stand, it’s important that August 2 comes to vote.

“Vote no to make sure we can protect our rights,” All said.

“If you believe in any limits on abortion, then yes is the right vote for you,” Underwood said.

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