Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: Great Disappointment in Kansas Vote

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By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International,

Father Shenan J. Boquet was ordained in 1993 and is a priest of the Houma-Thibodaux Roman Catholic Diocese in Louisiana, his home state, where he served before joining HLI in August 2011. …

In a major disappointment to pro-life advocates, Kansans voted a few days ago to reject a pro-life amendment that would have made clear that abortion is not protected in the state’s Constitution.

The amendment would have added the following language to the state Constitution, “Because Kansans value both women and children, the Constitution of the state of Kansas does not require the government funding of abortion and does not create or secure a right to abortion.” The amendment went on to note that the issue of abortion should be decided by the people, “through their elected state representatives.”

The effort to pass the amendment came after the Kansas Supreme Court discovered a “right” to abortion in a decision in 2019. That decision means that pro-life legislators in the state are prevented from passing almost any pro-life legislation. In response, pro-life advocates crafted and championed the “Value Them Both” amendment. The amendment was received well by legislators, with the Kansas House overwhelmingly approving it in 2021, and the Senate following suit earlier this year. …

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