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By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, Aug 03, 2022

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at

The disastrous result of yesterday’s vote in Kansas—let’s not sugar-coat it—should prompt sober reflection among pro-life Americans. After celebrating the reversal of the infamous Roe decision, we now face a long, slow, costly, uphill battle in the states.

Kansas has played a historic role in America’s most divisive political battles: from the “Bleeding Kansas” of the 1850s to the “Summer of Mercy” in 1992. (More on that below.) So let’s take an unblinking look at what happened there yesterday, and recognize the magnitude of the defeat. In a generally conservative state, the voters soundly rejected a constitutional amendment that would merely have affirmed what the Dobbs decision said: that the state has the right to regulate abortion. The proposed amendment would not have restricted abortion; it would only have established that, in principle, abortion could be restricted. Yet nearly 60% of the people in this red state rejected the proposal. …

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