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About the Value Them Both Amendment

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On Tuesday, August 2nd, Kansans will go to the polls and vote to approve or reject the Value Them Both Amendment to the state constitution.

To fulfill this important civic duty, it's important to understand what the Value Them Both Amendment does and does not do.

What about the United States Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization?

Even though the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the Kansas Supreme Court's 2019 decision has decreed unlimited abortion the law of our state. Only a state constitutional amendment approved by a majority of Kansans will restore the state constitution to the way it was before this state court ruling and protect existing abortion regulations from being struck down.

The Text of The Amendment to be Added to the Kansas Constitution

“§ 22. Regulation of abortion. Because Kansans value both women and children, the constitution of the state of Kansas does not require government funding of abortion and does not create or secure a right to abortion. To the extent permitted by the constitution of the United States, the people, through their elected state representatives and state senators, may pass laws regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, laws that account for circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest, or circumstances of necessity to save the life of the mother.”

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Does this amendment ban abortion?

No. It allows Kansans to continue to place limits on the abortion industry through their elected officials as they have done for over two decades. It does not ban abortions.


Why do we need this amendment?

A 2019 ruling by the Kansas Supreme Court created a nearly unlimited "right" to abortion in the state of Kansas. If the state constitution is not amended, Kansans will be powerless to enact or keep existing commonsense protections such as parental notification, abortion clinic health and safety standards and inspections, late-term abortion restrictions, and informed consent for women.

Additionally, without the amendment, state taxpayer dollars will soon be used to fund abortions, and Kansas will become a permanent destination for abortion, like New York and California.

What kinds of regulations are at stake?

Parental notification:  The Value Them Both Amendment ensures parents will be able to guide their daughters through major life decisions related to pregnancy and abortion, not strangers, traffickers, or abortion providers who monetarily benefit from sales of abortions.

Abortion Clinic Sanitation, Safety and Inspection: The abortion industry fought against all basic health, sanitation and safety standards, even after police reports verified dirty and dangerous conditions in a now-closed Kansas City, Kansas, abortion clinic. The Value Them Both Amendment will help prevent this kind of medical abuse of vulnerable, low-income women.

Restrictions on abortions in the second and third trimester: Abortions can and do happen late into pregnancies using more brutal methods. The Value Them Both Amendment can protect Kansans’ ability to restrict painful procedures like live dismemberment abortions. 

Informed Consent: Every woman has the right to know who is going to perform surgery on her and the risks involved with the procedure. The Value Them Both Amendment protects informed consent.

How does the amendment impact current laws on taxpayer-funded abortion?

Value Them Both would ensure that state tax dollars will not be used to pay for abortions. The legislature passed a law in 2013 to protect state taxpayers from being forced to fund abortion. However, because of the 2019 court ruling, this restriction will soon be struck down unless Kansans pass the Value Them Both Amendment.

Will this vote immediately ban or deregulate abortion?

No. The amendment vote will decide whether current abortion protections in the state’s constitution remain in effect.

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