Kansas Personhood Amendment (2010)

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The Kansas Personhood Amendment did not appear on the November 2, 2010 ballot in the state of Kansas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. Legislative session ended on May 28, 2010, without the measure being sent to the ballot.

Personhood Kansas had begun the process to gather signatures to present to Legislature in an effort to amend the Kansas Constitution to “recognize the right to personhood for all human beings from the biological beginning of human development.” Kansas is not an initiative and referendum state, thus volunteers of the effort had been hoping petition signatures would have coaxed lawmakers to pass an amendment, or for it to have been placed on the ballot, as the issue had been settled in other states.[1]

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A 2/3rds vote in both chambers of the Kansas State Legislature is required to refer a constitutional amendment to the ballot. Kansas is one of 17 states that requires this process.

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