Celisa Calacal

Celisa Calacal is a freelance producer with Central Standard, a daily talk show on the National Public Radio affiliate KCUR 89.3 in Kansas City, Missouri. Her work has appeared in AlterNet, Salon, and ThinkProgress. You can reach her on Twitter at @celisa_mia.

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Kansas Takes a Different Direction on Abortion Rights

In a surprise decision, the state supreme court upholds a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy.

Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP/Pool
Lost amid the swath of states that have recently passed some of the most restrictive anti-choice legislation in the country is Kansas, a state that has long been hostile toward women who want to end their pregnancies, but one that has recently produced a state supreme court decision that may augur well for preserving abortion rights. In late April, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that the state constitution protects the right to an abortion in a 6-1 decision that struck down the Kansas Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, a law that banned dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortions, the most common and safest second-trimester procedure . The bill, which was passed in 2015 during the administration of former Governor Sam Brownback, a far right-wing conservative, was the first law in the country to outlaw D&E. The Kansas Supreme Court’s decision could signify the beginning of a shift in direction for the staunchly pro-life state. Last week, a lower Kansas...