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Certainly, no one is more aware of the popularity of abortion rights than the “yes” campaign in Kansas. If abortion weren’t popular, the anti-abortion side wouldn’t have had to rely on deceitful and under-handed tactics, including sending out texts falsely claiming that voting “yes” would “give women a choice” and “protect women’s health.” There’s also the extremely confusing framing of the question overall, in which a vote “yes” rejects abortion rights and a vote “no” protects abortion rights. On top of everything else, this appeared on a primary election ballot, for which voter turnout tends to be much lower.

Nonetheless, Kansas voters showed up for abortion rights. The “no” campaign, led by Kansans for Constitutional Freedom, drove home exactly what was at stake: Despite Value Them Both’s claims that the ballot measure presented a “common-sense” middle ground, its supporters in the legislature promised to use it to enshrine fetal personhood. The state has already become a last abortion haven in the region, as three of the four states bordering Kansas have moved to ban abortion, reportedly quadrupling out-of-state abortion seekers.

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Josh Siebenaler, an organizer at the Kansas Abortion Fund, told Jezebel ahead of the election that their organization was “heartened by the outpouring of support we’ve seen from Kansans” on the issue, which has exploded since the Supreme Court decision in June. But Kansas Abortion Fund and other organizers on-the-ground in the state knew that, regardless of the outcome, their work remained clear, as there are “onerous and unnecessary restrictions that affect patients in Kansas.” Similarly, Trust Women’s press release emphasizes that despite this victory, we “cannot be content with the status quo,” adding that “the coming years will be critical as we work to restore legal abortion across the country.”

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Kansas was the site of the anti-abortion movement’s 1991 “Summer of Mercy” terror campaign waged against abortion providers, inspiring a rise in anti-abortion violence across the country. In 2009, Kansas abortion provider George Tiller was murdered by an anti-abortion activist inside his church one Sunday. Kansas was once again the epicenter of the abortion rights fight—and, at least for now, abortion rights have won.