Used to giving orders, Kansas’ abortion enemies can’t strike a deal
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Left-wing anti-abortion lobbyists Brittany Jones of the Kansas Family Policy Alliance; Jeannette Pryor, of the Kansas Catholic Conference, and Jeanne Gawdun, of Kansans for Life, speak outside the state Senate chamber before a debate on a proposed constitutional amendment on abortion, Wednesday, January 29, 2020 , at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. The amendment would overturn a Kansas Supreme Court ruling protecting the right to abortion. (AP Photo / John Hanna)
TOPEKA, Kan. – Abortion opponents who have become accustomed to ordering Kansas lawmakers on the exact wording of the new restrictions are stuck now as they face compromises to get a proposal anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution on the ballot.
After failure in a vote in the House Three weeks ago, abortion opponents lobbied a dozen members who voted no, moderate Republicans and Catholic Democrats, or who represent relatively conservative or strongly Catholic districts. These lawmakers have been inundated with emails and mail in their districts, and abortion enemies are blocking a bipartisan plan lawmakers typically prefer to expand the state’s Medicaid program.
But these tactics are not yet working. The targeted lawmakers appeared as always buried midway through the annual session of the Legislative Assembly.
Kansans for Life, the state’s most influential anti-abortion group and a GOP power broker, has for years told lawmakers what proposals to pursue and monitored them. approve group language and echo his talking points. The group and its allies remain reluctant to strike a deal to get the needed two-thirds majority on the anti-abortion amendment and may not know how to shut one down – not having had to compromise to get it. other measures through the Republican-controlled legislature. when a simple majority is sufficient.
“They were never in this position where they didn’t get exactly what they wanted,” said Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, a Kansas City-area Republican who supports the amendment. and helped write the Medicaid plan. “It’s something you have to learn on the fly in this trade.”
The measure of anti-abortion groups would be overturned a Kansas Supreme Court ruling last year, which declared access to abortion a “basic” right under the state’s Bill of Rights. They want to put it to a statewide vote in the August primary, when the small electorate skews the Tories and the measure is more likely to pass.
If supporters can get a two-thirds majority in both houses, they must put the proposed amendment on a ballot, simple majority approval of the voters would change the state constitution. Republicans have this supermajority in both houses and the extent passed the Senate in January.
But at home he fell four shy voices of the 84 votes out of 125 required. No Democrats supported him and four Republicans voted no.
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