USA Abortion Debate: Catholic bishops spent big on Kansas abortion vote — and maybe lost bigger

Jack Jenkins reports in The Washington Post:

When the votes rolled in Tuesday night on a proposed amendment to the Kansas state constitution that would remove the explicit right to an abortion, what was expected to be a tight race was instead shockingly lopsided: The amendment was roundly defeated, 59 percent to 41 percent.

Analysts were quick to frame the result as a setback for the antiabortion movement, but activists and experts say it also amounts to a rejection of the Catholic Church hierarchy, which had shelled out massive sums of money in support of the amendment’s passage. The vote may hint, too, at a mounting backlash against the church’s involvement in the nation’s abortion debate — not least among Catholics themselves.

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  1. Joe O'Leary says:

    The church has again ‘painted itself into a corner’ (as with contraception according to the late Cardinal König) through its refusal of dialogue.

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