UPDATED: Abortion amendment defeated; Medicaid expansion threatened


(Updated to include comments from Senate majority leader and Planned Parenthood president)

Abortion opponents' drive to overturn a historic state Supreme Court decision that found the right to an abortion is embedded in the state constitution came up just short of passage in the Kansas House on Friday afternoon.

The House voted 80-43 for the proposed constitutional amendment, but it was short of the 84 votes needed to pass and ultimately defeated.

The vote immediately set off threats to dump the proposed Medicaid expansion bill


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