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(LifeSiteNews) – Kansas voters are going to the polls today to vote on a proposed amendment to the state constitution clarifying that it does not contain a right to abortion in order to prevent state courts from interfering with the people’s right to set abortion policy in a post-Roe v. Wade world.
Slated for an August 2nd vote, the referendum asks voters to consider adding the following language to the Kansas Constitution:
22. Regulation of abortion. Because Kansans value both women and children, the constitution of the state of Kansas does not require government funding of abortion and does not create or secure a right to abortion. To the extent permitted by the constitution of the United States, the people, through their elected state representatives and state senators, may pass laws regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, laws that account for circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest, or circumstances of necessity to save the life of the mother.
The amendment is meant to correct an April 2019 decision by the Kansas Supreme Court, which asserted that the Kansas Constitution Bill of Rights’ guarantee of “equal and inalienable natural rights” encompasses “a woman’s right to make decisions about her body, including the decision whether to continue her pregnancy.”
30+ powerful big-box, Big Tech, and mainstream media companies are targeting their young female employees by offering abortion travel “benefits” to new mothers — to kill their children for the sake of corporate profit and productivity!
THIS PRO-DEATH CORPORATE CULTURE WILL DESTROY LIVES AND VILLIFY BIG FAMILIES AND PRO-LIFE VALUES IF WE DON’T ACT NOW!
***WE CANNOT LOSE THE PRO-LIFE VICTORY AFTER ROE V. WADE TO ANTI-FAMILY COMPANIES! SEND A MESSAGE TO POWERFUL CEOs TODAY THAT YOU SUPPORT OUR CHILDREN’S RIGHTS OF LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS!***
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Starbucks said it would reimburse travel expenses for employees who need abortions and cannot get them within 100 miles of their homes. In a memo on Monday, the company said it wanted to ensure that its employees had “access to quality health care.” https://t.co/PI1Yg2xKTx— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 16, 2022
Amazon says it will pay up to $4,000 in travel expenses annually for non-life threatening medical treatments including abortions, according to a message seen by Reuters. https://t.co/9M4Dtdzb4X— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 3, 2022
The pro-life movement has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to send a pro-family message to millions of citizens for generations to come — but we cannot LOSE OUT on this moment by caving to corporations and their cheap and disgusting “abortion” benefits!
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SIGN TODAY and demand the following company CEOs SUPPORT WOMEN AND CHILDREN NOW!
***WE ARE DELIVERING THIS LETTER TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM!***
Jeff Bezos – Amazon
Brian Moynihan – Bank of America
Whitney Wolfe Herd – Bumble
BuzzFeed – Jonah Peretti
Cigna Health Insurance – David Cordani
Citigroup – Jane Fraser
CNN – Chris Licht
Comcast – Brian Roberts
Condé Nast – Roger Lynch
CVS Health – Karen Lynch
Dick’s Sporting Goods – Lauren Hobart
Goldman Sachs – David Solomon
Hewlett-Packard – Enrique Lores
JPMorgan Chase – Jamie Dimon
Kroger – Rodney McMullen
New York Times – Meredith Kopit Levien
Lyft – Logan Green
MasterCard – Michael Miebach
Meta/Facebook - Mark Zuckerberg
Microsoft – Satya Nadella
Paramount – Brian Robbins
Patagonia – Jenna Johnson
PayPal – Dan Schulman
Procter & Gamble – Jon Moeller
Salesforce – Marc Benioff
Starbucks – Kevin Johnson
Target – Brian Cornell
Tesla, Inc. – Elon Musk
Uber – Dara Khosrowshahi
Vox Media – Jim Bankoff
Disney – Bob Chapek
Yelp – Jeremy Stoppelman
Zillow – Rich Barton
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At the time, Kansans for Life executive director Mary Kay Culp called it the “broadest right to abortion in the country, effectively blocking “reasonable abortion regulations into law, including partial-birth, live dismemberment, and sex-selection abortion bans” and endangering “basic safety measures protecting the health of women at abortion clinics.”
In the following months, state pro-lifers set to work on a constitutional amendment to resolve the issue, a cause that took on new urgency in June when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, restoring the elected branches of government’s discretion to decide abortion policy.
But since well before the hotly-anticipated decision, pro-abortion activists have been working on a number of strategies to compensate, among them rooting the “right” to abortion in the prevailing interpretations of state constitutions, which would be unaffected by the loss of Roe. Pro-lifers in several states have pushed amendments similar to the Kansas one in response; Kentucky will vote on one in November, and efforts are underway in Iowa and Pennsylvania to get them on future ballots.
The issue also helps ensure that work and debate will continue over the prospect of banning abortion nationally. President Joe Biden has called for electing more Democrats to Congress to support codifying a “right” to abortion-on-demand in federal law.