State legislators to consider proposed abortion amendment

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Top Kansas Republicans want to head off any push for an abortion ban in the state, even as they make overturning a Kansas Supreme Court ruling that protects abortion rights a top priority.

The GOP-controlled legislature expects to consider a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution during the annual 90-day lawmaking session that started today.

The amendment is a response to the High Court's ruling in April that the state's Bill of Rights makes access to abortion a fundamental right.

Abortion opponents worry that even if a ban could get through the legislature, it would fail in the required statewide vote afterward.