The "No State Constitutional Right to Abortion" (known as "Value Them Both") amendment lost by a roughly two-to-one margin on Tuesday night. It would have corrected a 2019 state Supreme Court decision that said the Kansas Constitution contains for women a "fundamental" right to abortion.
Pastor and "Today's Issues" host Dr. Ray Pritchard says the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade is what drove abortion supporters to the polls.
"There were over 100,000 votes cast yesterday in which the only vote that was made on the ballot was to vote 'no' on that amendment," Pritchard relays.
He says state's evangelical churches, which should have led the way in support of the amendment, gave a halfhearted effort to get it passed.
"There were many pastors who either never mentioned it or mentioned it once and then let it go," the Keep Believing Ministries president laments.
Pritchard says many of the evangelicals he has spoken with thought the battle for babies in the womb was over.
"Many on the pro-life side think that the war was won when the decision came down from the Supreme Court. But now we see clearly that instead of just one national battle, we're going to have to fight this out in 50 different battlegrounds across America," he responds.
The loss at the Supreme Court, Pritchard asserts, angered pro-abortion voters and drove them to the polls, and he cautions pro-life pastors and congregations that that anger will not soon go away.
"The pro-abortion crowd, they are indeed willing to crawl over broken glass to defend their point of view," he concludes.
The Associated Press notes that while it was just one state, the heavy turnout for an August primary that typically favors Republicans was a major victory for pro-abortion forces.