Attorney General Derek Schmidt asks Kansas Supreme Court to rethink major abortion ruling

Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Wednesday he is asking the Kansas Supreme Court to reconsider its controversial 2019 ruling declaring that the state constitution protects the right to an abortion.

The move comes as part of a motion, filed Tuesday, appealing a ruling in a key abortion case to the state’s highest court.

Shawnee County District Court Judge Teresa Watson in April struck down a 2015 law restricting dilation and evacuation procedures — a common option for second-trimester abortions — saying her hands were tied under the earlier Kansas Supreme Court decision.

The 2019 opinion on the matter was when the state’s highest court found Kansans have a “fundamental right” to an abortion under the state constitution, a landmark ruling that anti-abortion advocates have aimed to undo ever since. 

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