By Cheryl Sullenger
The dramatic defeat of the “Value them Both” Amendment during the August 2, 2022, Kansas Primary election left pro-life supporters stunned and abortion supporters invigorated. It also left lingering questions about what went wrong.
“Certainly, there were problems with the equivocal messaging and the lack of coalition-building on the part of the Value Them Both campaign, but now information has come out that leads us to believe that there may have been irregularities in the election process,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “A recount has been ordered in nine Kansas counties, and we are waiting to see what happens there.”
The Value Them Both Amendment was the first election involving the matter of abortion since the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Center Supreme Court decision overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that decriminalized abortion in America, and the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision, that established the “undue burden” doctrine used to over-rule one pro-life law after another over the past two decades.
The amendment would have nullified a dubious 2019 Kansas Supreme Court decision that ruled there was a right to abortion in the Kansas Constitution, which was ratified in 1859. Passage of the amendment would have allowed the State legislature to regulate or even ban abortions in Kansas.
The amendment faced the brunt of the pro-abortion backlash over the Dobbs decision, with the opposition campaign drawing 71 percent of its funding from out-of-state pro-abortion organizations and supporters.