The fitting to an abortion is protected within the Kansas State Structure and on Tuesday, a decisive majority of voters kept it there. Fifty-nine % of Kansans who went to the polls voted to reject a constitutional modification that may have opened the door to full abortion bans of the type that exist in neighboring states like Missouri and Oklahoma.
What makes this all of the extra placing is the truth that Kansas is without doubt one of the most reliably Republican states within the nation. Donald Trump gained within the 2020 presidential election with greater than 56 % of the vote. Three of its 4 representatives within the Home are Republicans and its two Republican senators, Jerry Moran and Roger Marshall, are among the many most conservative within the Senate.
Anti-abortion activists had been assured they might succeed. They’ve taken, as a substitute, a devastating blow to their undertaking.
It’s onerous to overstate the importance of this defeat. The vote in Kansas is the primary time abortion has been on the poll for the reason that Supreme Court docket’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Girls’s Well being, which overturned Roe v. Wade. It’s the primary time any voters have had the prospect to weigh in on new abortion restrictions, and the result’s a surprising victory for Kansans, and People, who consider that the best to an abortion is an inextricable a part of our liberty underneath the Structure.
If it isn’t already apparent that Dobbs has unsettled American politics, the vote in Kansas makes it clear. Republicans should win the Home, and even the Senate, in November. However the sheer unpopularity of abortion bans — in addition to the monstrous penalties for girls in states which have banned abortion — is a heavy weight across the neck of all the Republican Occasion.
The duty, for the nationwide Democratic Occasion, is to make that weight even heavier. And for this, they’ve the mannequin of Kansas, the place pro-choice activists went on the offensive towards restrictionists. They drew a pointy distinction between their goals and people of their opponents and made abortion rights a stay situation for voters.
Republicans don’t need to battle on this turf — see the rapid marketing campaign to downplay the impact of Dobbs within the wake of the ruling — which is all of the extra cause for Democrats to make them do it.
What I Wrote
I didn’t have a column this week! I did do different issues, nonetheless. I joined the Left Anchor podcast at The American Prospect (my journalistic alma mater) to debate the Supreme Court docket, the Structure and learn how to take each again from the political proper.
I additionally recorded a short video for the Criterion Channel wherein I explored the profession of the late, nice actor Yaphet Kotto.
Annie Lowrey on being pregnant and motherhood for The Atlantic.
Jennifer L. Morgan on slavery and reproductive rights for the African American Mental Historical past Society.
A 1978 interview with screenwriter-director Paul Schrader on his debut movie, “Blue Collar.”
Gaby Del Valle on “environmental nativism” for The Nation journal.
Monica Potts on Republicans and same-sex marriage for FiveThirtyEight.
The transcript of Vin Scully’s radio name of the ninth inning of Sandy Koufax’s 1965 excellent sport towards the Chicago Cubs.
I’m an enormous fan of the Beastie Boys, and so once I noticed this mural the final time I used to be in New York, I needed to take an image.
Now Consuming: Strawberry Ice Cream
My son has change into one thing of an ice cream connoisseur, and ceaselessly requests completely different flavors of ice cream to make at residence. This week, we made strawberry ice cream utilizing a recipe from David Lebovitz’s guide, “The Perfect Scoop.” Right here’s the recipe and, truthful warning, you’ll need an ice cream maker for this.
1 pound contemporary strawberries, rinsed and hulled
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vodka or different liquor
1 cup full-fat bitter cream
1 cup heavy cream
a squeeze of contemporary lemon juice
Slice the strawberries and toss them in a bowl with the sugar and vodka, stirring till the sugar begins to dissolve. Cowl and let stand at room temperature for one hour, stirring from time to time.
Pulse the strawberries and their liquid with the bitter cream, heavy cream and lemon juice in a blender or meals processor till nearly clean, however nonetheless barely chunky.
Refrigerate for an hour, then freeze in your ice cream maker in accordance with the producer’s directions.