The Kansas State Legislature presented voters there with a referendum, a state constitutional amendment that would allow the state legislature to ban abortion. Currently the Kansas state constitution precludes such legislation.
The voters rejected the referendum, 375,850 Yes to 538,410 No (41% to 59%)
Said organizer Jae Gray: “We definitely used messaging strategies that would work regardless of party affiliation. We believe every Kansan has a right to make personal health-care decisions without government overreach — that’s obviously a conservative-friendly talking point. We were not just talking to Democrats.”
Josh Barro notes that one very effective ad that ran doesn’t even mention abortion, instead it emphasizes that the proposed constitutional amendment would lead to “a strict government mandate designed to interfere with private medical decisions.”
Some readers will recall claims that 2022 changes to the Party National Platform made the party more open to anti-abortion-leaning Americans. Perhaps not by intent, the platform changes sponsored by the Libertarian Party’s Mises Caucus actually greatly strengthen the Libertarian Party’s pro-choice position.
First, the platform plank
“1.5 Abortion Recognizing that abortion is a sensitive issue and that people can hold good-faith views on all sides, we believe that government should be kept out of the matter, leaving the question to each person for their conscientious consideration.”
was deleted from the platform. That change eliminated the first clause of the sentence, which created the false belief that the plank was to be taken less seriously than the remainder of the platform.
Second, there was an extended addition to platform plank 2.1 Aggression, Property, and Contract, the addition’s opening reading:
“Aggression is the use, trespass against, or invasion of the borders of another person’s owned resource (property) without the owner’s consent; or the threat thereof. We oppose all acts of aggression as illegitimate and unjust, whether committed by private actors or the state.
Each person is the presumptive owner of his or her own body (self-ownership), which right may be forfeited only as a consequence of committing an act of aggression.”
This statement is the strict 100% pro-choice position that no abortion restrictions whatsoever are valid, because they deny self-ownership.