'Back to the drawing board': Kansas lawmaker says both sides were misunderstood in abortion vote
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - It was an emotional day Tuesday as people waited in scorching-hot lines for hours to cast their vote on one of the most controversial decisions ever – abortion.
"I have two young daughters that this is going to affect, and I strongly believe they need to have a choice. So, it's very important to me," said voter Ashley Hagan.
"To me, it's important. So, I'm willing to put up with it," said voter Roberta Schroeder.
But, as the votes came in, something happened that not many expected – Vote No won by a huge margin, keeping the state's abortion rights in place.
"This is heartbreaking. I'm speechless. And now it's back to the drawing boards, and we really just need to take from what we learned from it failing and how can we move forward," said Kansas House Representative Tory Marie Blew.
Blew spearheaded the Vote Yes abortion amendment, and in her opinion, two major things caused it to fail. One, what just happened in Washington firing up voters.
"What are the odds Roe v. Wade is overturned. As somebody who carried the bill, carried the constitutional amendment, I did not foresee that happening," said Blew.
Two, she thinks there was a lot of misinformation going around. The biggest thing, she says, was people thinking it was a "ban."
"We're common-sense conservatives. And there are certain situations where, unfortunately, I don't want it to happen, but I'm not there in the hospital room or in the clinic room with that doctor and that mother," said Blew.
But she says what's done is done, and while it won't be anytime soon, she hopes that next time it comes up, both sides will feel more understood.
"Moving forward, I want to learn what they thought, in the end, was a question confusing. Was it the topic in general? What exactly was it why they voted no, and how can we move forward from that," said Blew.
Blew says at the end of the day, she was glad to see such a huge number of people voting. She says she hopes moving forward, people will stay this involved in future elections.