Los Angeles Times
A sweeping abortion rights ruling
The Kansas Court of Appeals has refused to implement the state’s first-in-thenation ban on a common second-trimester abortion method, ruling in a split but groundbreaking decision that the conservative state’s constitution protects abortion rights independently from the U.S. Constitution.
The 7-7 ruling — issued Friday on the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision — could be used by abortion rights supporters to challenge other state laws restricting abortion. If the decision is upheld, it would allow state courts to protect a woman’s right to end her pregnancy beyond federal court rulings.
Tie votes uphold the ruling being appealed, meaning Friday’s ruling sides with a Shawnee County judge who put the 2015 law on hold while he considers a lawsuit challenging the ban. The state will appeal to the Kansas Supreme Court, Atty. Gen. Derek Schmidt said.