Voters in Kansas decide to keep abortion legal in the state, rejecting an amendment

Voters in Kansas rejected a proposed state constitutional amendment Tuesday that would have said there was no right to an abortion in the state, according to The Associated Press.

Kansas was the first state to vote on abortion rights since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson's Women's Health Organization.

President Joe Biden hailed Tuesday's vote and called on Congress to pass a law to restore nationwide abortion rights that were provided by Roe.

This vote makes clear what we know: the majority of Americans agree that women should have access to abortion and should have the right to make their own health care decisions

Kansas For Constitutional Freedom, the main abortion rights group opposing the amendment, called the victory "huge and decisive."

The people of Kansas have spoken," said Rachel Sweet, campaign manager for the group.