Type Media Center fellow Ari Berman highlights Republican efforts across the country to restrict abortion rights despite popular votes affirming reproductive freedoms, showcasing a broader trend of attempts to undermine democratic processes.


  • Voters’ Resistance: The article covers the August 2022 vote in which Kansas voters rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have denied the right to abortion in the state, indicating a potential resistance to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
  • Restrictive Republican Bill: Berman discusses Kansas Republicans’ attempts to overturn the voters’ decision by introducing a bill that would severely restrict abortion access. However, he notes that the bill is unlikely to advance due to the state supreme court’s clear holding on abortion rights.
  • Ohio’s Attempts: Ohio is another state in which Republicans tried to increase the difficulty of passing ballot initiatives to prevent a pro-abortion amendment from being added to the state constitution, but Berman notes that this measure was defeated as well.
  • National Trends: While Kansas and Ohio represent a broader trend of Republican attempts to restrict abortion rights across the country, Berman highlights voters’ support for reproductive rights, as abortion rights advocates have consistently won across the seven states that have voted directly on the issue since Roe v. Wade.

Type Media Center’s Note

This article by our fellow Ari Berman reflects Type Media Center’s dedication to nurturing independent journalism that not only informs but strives for societal change.