Biden welcomes Kansas vote to preserve abortion rights

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden on Tuesday welcomed Kansas voters’ rejection of a constitutional amendment that would have declared there to be no right to abortion.

Biden said the victory of abortion rights advocates in a very conservative state shows that “the majority of Americans agree that women should have access to abortion.”

“Congress must listen to the will of the American people and restore the protection of Roe as a federal law,” the US president said in a statement.

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The vote was the first abortion referendum statewide since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade decision in June. The voting issue attracted national attention as an early indicator of whether abortion rights will motivate voters in November’s midterm elections.

(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Washington; editing by Jacqueline Wong)

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