Apr 26, 2019

Kansas Supreme Court ruling could spark challenges to abortion bans

Right To Life March, January 18, 2019. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state constitution protects a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy, NPR reports.

The impact: This ruling, which blocks a 2015 Kansas law that banned second-trimester abortions, could set the stage for future legal challenges to state laws that restrict abortion access. "[M]ore than 11 states across the Midwest and south have been passing laws that ban abortion procedures after six weeks — often before women even know they are pregnant," per the Washington Post.

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