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Kansas should protect abortion rights under state constitution

March 16, 2017

For immediate release

Contact: Deb Gruver, Director of Communications

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Wichita, Kansas – Kansas has a long history of honoring self-autonomy, and in that vein, the Kansas Supreme Court should rule that the Kansas State Constitution protects a woman’s right to abortion care.

“We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will uphold the decision of the lower courts and rule in our favor,” Trust Women founder and CEO Julie Burkhart said after the court heard arguments Thursday in a case stemming from the state’s ban of a common and internationally accepted second-trimester abortion procedure, which is stayed.

Depending on the justices’ decision, Kansas could become the eighth state in the country to protect abortion care under a state constitution.

“With the federal climate toward reproductive rights becoming increasingly hostile, it’s more important than ever for states to recognize that women have bodily integrity and that they must be afforded those inalienable rights under the constitution,” Burkhart said. “A lot is at stake in this case. Women should have free will to determine if and when they become parents.”

A ruling in favor of reproductive rights would recognize that women should have the right to make health care decisions for themselves. There are many reasons why women choose to terminate a pregnancy, including emotional, financial, mental, familial and societal reasons. If the court agrees the Kansas constitution protects abortion rights, it would reinforce federal law and broaden the safety net for Kansas women.

Abortion care allows women to control their own fertility, thus improving health and socioeconomic outcomes across the country.

Trust Women Foundation is a 501(c)(3). Trust Women opens clinics that provide abortion care in underserved communities so that all women can make their own decisions about their health care. Trust Women opened Trust Women South Wind Women’s Center in 2013 in Wichita, Kansas, and Trust Women South Wind Women’s Center in 2016 in Oklahoma City.