By defending abortion, the people of Kansas also comforted Biden

By defending abortion, Kansas residents also comforted Biden


Joe Biden poses again on Wednesday as a defender of the right to abortion the day after a victory for the right to abortion in the very conservative State of Kansas which confirmed him in his strategy for the midterm elections.  

Kansasians were the first Americans called to speak out on a woman's right to terminate pregnancies since the Supreme Court buried it on June 24.&nbsp ;

The ballot was seen as a test before the November election: Democrats and their leader Joe Biden, weakened by runaway inflation and a slowing economy, hope to salvage some seats in Congress by mobilizing their voters on the defense abortion rights.

And the Kansas vote gave them reason to hope. With a high turnout, nearly 60% of voters rejected an anti-abortion measure on Tuesday.

This rural state is, however, very conservative: in the past 80 years, it has voted only once in favor of a Democratic presidential candidate, and analysts predicted a close result.

For abortion rights advocates, who hailed a “historic tidal wave,” the result is not surprising, however. 

“The people of Kansas have proven what has long been said: defending access to abortion is a political winner,” added Jenny Lawson of the powerful family planning organization Planned Parenthood. 

They sent “a clear message to the politicians who, in the country, fight against abortion: your time is running out”, she added while candidates hostile to abortion won the Republican primaries in several states. 


“The vote proved what we already knew: a majority of Americans believe that women should have access to abortion,” Joe Biden also commented in a statement.

According to the latest polls , about 60% of the population supports abortion rights, and while there are significant partisan divides, nearly 40% of Republican voters support it.

Based on these numbers , the tenant of the White House, who risks losing control of Congress in November, has been trying since the June 24 ruling to create a stir among his voters. 

After the Kansas vote, he again called on his fellow citizens to “continue to raise their voices to protect women's rights.”

At the same time, the Democrat is trying to minimize the effects of the about-face of the high jurisdiction, which has already allowed a dozen States to ban abortions on their soil.

After a first decree to guarantee access to the morning after pill or protect mobile clinics, he must sign a second directive at 2 p.m., in front of the cameras, and surrounded by numerous ministers.

This text will order in particular his government to consider ways to extend medical coverage for women who have to travel for abortions. He also plans to promote research on maternal health, and to seek ways to prevent the refusal of care by nursing staff. 

The day before, his Minister of Justice had already filed a complaint against an Idaho law, fearing it would force doctors to refuse to perform abortions even in medical emergencies.

But all of these initiatives are limited in scope and, ultimately, abortion will be nearly impossible in half of the country's 50 states, especially in the more religious south and center where Republicans have solid majorities.

Conversely, progressive states seek to sanctify the right abortion and voters in California, Michigan, Nevada and Vermont will vote, in turn, this year on protective measures.