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Kansas lawmakers consider constitutional change on abortion

Abortion opponents and abortion rights supporters have packed the Kansas Legislature’s largest committee room and two panels are reviewing a proposal for overturning a state Supreme Court decision protecting abortion rights.

Anti-abortion groups want to amend the Kansas Constitution to declare that it does not grant a right to abortion and to allow lawmakers to enact restrictions. The state Supreme Court declared last year that access to abortion is a “fundamental” right under the Kansas Bill of Rights.

If the measure before lawmakers Tuesday were approved by two-thirds majorities in both chambers, it would go on the August primary election ballot.

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