What does the Kansas abortion vote mean for Texas?

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"This decision that came down from Kansas is a decision that has far-reaching consequences not just for the way people are approaching this fight on protecting a woman’s right to determine her bodily autonomy but also it gives people a lot more motivation to work toward electing Democrats in the state that can make that difference.” Gilberto Hinojosa, chair of the Texas Democratic Party.

Will Kansas voters have an influence on Texas? That's the question many Texan Democrats and Republicans were debating today after the results in Kansas yesterday.

Voters in Kansas rejected a ballot measure that would have allowed the Republican-controlled Legislature to tighten restrictions on abortions or ban the procedure outright. The result was a surprise in a traditionally conservative, Republican state.

President Biden was quick to applaud the result.

This vote makes clear what we know: the majority of Americans agree that women should have access to abortion and should have the right to make their own health care decisions,” President Joe Biden

Gilberto Hinojosa, the chair of the Texas Democratic Party, was also positive, believing this would help the Democrats in Texas, even though there is no vote in November to protect abortion rights on the ballot.

Matt Rinaldi, the chair of the Republican Party of Texas, disagreed, saying:

Democrats don’t have much to hang their hat on, so I don’t doubt they’re trying to find something to energize their voters, but this isn’t it. On the abortion issue, poll after poll shows that Americans are closer to the Republican view than the Democratic view.”

Abortion rights are one of the biggest issues in Texas and across the United States at the moment and could shape the result of the elections in November. But, whether it will be enough to lead to Beto O'Rourke defeating current Texas Gov Greg Abbott remains to be seen.

“Between now and early voting, anything can happen. If you’re pro-choice, last night’s result was great for you, but that’s really all that means. OK, great [but] you gotta keep up that momentum or else it’s just gonna burn out.” Drew Landry, a political science professor at South Plains College

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What do you think of the issue? Do you agree with Gilbert Hinojosa and President Biden? Or do you side with Matt Rinaldi? How will this result impact your vote in November?

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