Kansas voters rejected an historical effort Tuesday to remove abortion as a protected right from the state constitution in what was characterized as a serious setback for opponents of abortion rights nationally.
Even with a history steeped in abortion politics, Kansas became the first state since 2014 to vote against rewriting its constitution so it would no longer protect a woman's right to an abortion, a defeat some said was remarkable for a primary in a solidly red state.
"Freedom has prevailed. The constitutional rights of Kansas women have been protected," said Rachel Sweet, campaign manager for the coalition . . .