Former Republican state Rep. Amanda Grosserode has joined Kansans for Life in its efforts to pass a constitutional amendment that guarantees that abortion is not a protected right in the state constitution.
The former Lenexa lawmaker will go to work for KFL as the Johnson County grassroots director, focused primarily on recruiting volunteers and mobilizing support for the amendment, which will be on the ballot next August.
Grosserode served in the Kansas House for three terms from 2011 to 2017 representing House District 16.
She lost to Democrat Cindy Holscher in a bid for a fourth term.
KFL’s announcement that Grosserode would be working on the amendment for KFL is another early sign that the campaign for the amendment is starting to get under way.
Kansans for Life is already buying social media ads that promote what it’s known as the “Value Them Both Amendment.”
At the end of July, Kansans for Life hosted a Facebook Live event to discuss the background of the constitutional amendment.
And later this this month in Bonner Springs, KFL is holding an event featuring Republican gubernatorial candidates Derek Schmidt and Jeff Colyer.
KFL’s political action committee will conduct a straw poll asking people attending the event to vote for the candidate who inspires them most talking about the amendment.
Abortion rights supporters, meanwhile, are also conducting polling, raising money and ramping up their staffing as they head into next year.
In elections held for similar constitutional amendments in other states, urban areas have proved problematic for abortion opponents even if the measure won overwhelmingly in rural areas.
However unlike in other states, the vote on the Kansas amendment will be held in the primary when more conservative voters who are opposed to abortion are likely to be drawn to the polls.