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Sarah Green Carmichael

Voters Welcome an Abortion Compromise. Will the Parties Listen?

A conversation with legal scholar Mary Ziegler on how the Kansas referendum may offer a blueprint for preserving abortion access in post-Roe America.  

Kansans delivered a surprising victory for abortion rights. 

Kansans delivered a surprising victory for abortion rights. 

Photographer: Kyle Rivas/Getty Images

This is one of a series of interviews by Bloomberg Opinion columnists on how to solve the world’s most pressing policy challenges. It has been edited for length and clarity.

Sarah Green Carmichael:  To the surprise of many on both sides of the abortion debate, voters in Kansas resoundingly rejected a ballot measure that would have allowed the state to impose a total abortion ban. You’re a law professor and historian and the author of  “Abortion and the Law in America: Roe v. Wade to the Present.” As policy makers, political organizers and businesses try to chart their strategies in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, are there lessons to be drawn from what happened in Kansas?