Supreme Court Rules Kansas State Constitution Protects Right To Abortion (Read Full Judgment)

The Kansas State Supreme Court ruled on Friday that laws restricting abortion are against the state’s constitution.

Only one of the court’s seven justices dissented.

The court said that in so far as the “equal and inalienable rights” granted by the Kansas Constitution’s Bill of Rights includes a woman’s right to make decisions about her body, including the decision whether to continue her pregnancy,” the State would only be infringing upon the woma’s right to decide whether to continue a pregnancy.

Dissenting, Kansas Supreme Court Justice Caleb Stegall argued that the ruling “fundamentally alters the structure of our government to magnify the power of the state” and accused the majority of painting “the interest in unborn life championed by millions of Kansans as rooted in an ugly prejudice.”

Read the full judgment here.

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