NWLC Celebrates Abortion Win in Kansas, Applauds Continued National Effort to Protect Abortion Access

The following is a statement by Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC):

“In the first electoral test since the overturning of Roe, Kansans resoundingly rejected a dangerous and extreme ballot measure that would have eliminated the constitutional right to abortion in the state. We are in awe of and so grateful to the advocates and voters in Kansas who are responsible for this incredible victory. What we saw in Kansas last night represents what we already knew: the majority of people in this country support bodily autonomy and access to abortion, and don’t want elected officials taking that right away from them. In fact, this week, two municipalities also scored victories on abortion access as the Atlanta, Georgia, city council voted to allocate funding for abortion access, and Austin, Texas, passed an act that aims to decriminalize abortion in the city. We celebrate our state and local reproductive rights and justice champions who are leading on the front lines of this fight.

But this fight will take all of us – from organizers working tirelessly to ensure their communities can access care, to the halls of city councils, state legislatures, and Congress, to the White House. We also applaud President Biden’s new Executive Order taking additional actions to protect abortion access, including ordering his Administration to find ways to support, both financially and otherwise, people who must travel for abortion care and engage in robust enforcement of non-discrimination protections to help both patients and providers. Alongside these partners and more, the National Women’s Law Center continues to be resolute in our commitment to ensure that all people in the U.S can access the care they need, and the care we all deserve.”