FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2017, file photo, marchers arrive for a Roe v. Wade protest as hundreds converge on the Kansas Statehouse to mark the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide. Abortion opponents have been bracing themselves for nearly two years for a ruling from Kansas' highest court that protects abortion rights and upends politics in a state long at the center of the national debate. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

Kansas abortion foes brace for state Supreme Court decision

January 10, 2019 - 12:25 am

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Abortion opponents have been bracing themselves for nearly two years for a ruling from Kansas' highest court that protects abortion rights and upends politics in a state long at the center of the national debate.

The Kansas Supreme Court is relatively liberal for a state with a Republican-dominated Legislature that has strong anti-abortion majorities.

But court watchers are asking what is taking the justices so long to rule.

No one outside the court knows for sure and the justices are not saying.

But some observers think the justices still are wrestling with a deep split over the implications of declaring that the state constitution protects abortion rights.

That was the core legal issue when the high court heard arguments from attorneys in March 2017 in a major abortion lawsuit.

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