Cheers Erupt as Kansas Abortion Rights Referendum Results Reported

Kansas residents voted to protect abortion rights in the state in a referendum held on August 2, local media reported.

According to an AP estimate, 58.8 percent of voters voted no to a constitutional amendment on abortion. The amendment, dubbed “Value Them Both,” would have affirmed the lack of a constitutional right to abortion in the state and would have meant laws to regulate abortion could be passed by state legislators, according to the official ballot.

According to the ballot, a vote against the amendment “would make no changes to the constitution of the state of Kansas, and could restrict the people, through their elected state legislators, from regulating abortion by leaving in place the recently recognized right to abortion.”

This footage was published by Catalunya Radio journalist Francesc Garriga, and shows attendees at a watch party celebrating the reported result.

The state was the first to vote on the issue of abortion rights following the Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn Roe v Wade. Credit: Francesc Garriga/Catalunya Radio via Storyful

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