The Conservative US state of Kansas has decided in a referendum to protect abortion rights, a major victory for pro-choice groups.

Reports say Voters overwhelmingly did not wish to amend the state constitution to assert there is no right to abortion,

It was the first electoral test of the issue since the US Supreme Court allowed states to ban the procedure.

If the ballot had gone the other way, lawmakers could have moved to further restrict or ban abortion in Kansas.

It adds that the ballot question in Kansas has been anticipated since the US Supreme Court, two months ago overturned Roe v Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

Projections suggest Kansans voted by more than 60% to uphold the state’s constitutional right for women to access abortion

It’s just a projection for now and the official result will be confirmed in a week.

 When Roe v Wade was overturned, President Joe Biden said abortion rights would be an issue for the voters. What happened in Kansas has turned theory into evidence.

The referendum result is being seen as a landslide, in a state that Republican former President Donald Trump won by a convincing margin just two years ago.

BBC