Professors Levy, McAllister discuss amendment question in national media ahead of primary vote
Updated with additional articles on Aug. 8, 2022
Two constitutional law scholars at the University of Kansas School of Law have been featured as subject matter experts in national news coverage in the weeks leading up to the Aug. 2 Kansas primary election.
On the ballot is a state constitutional amendment question that could impact the future of abortion legislation in the state. Kansas voters will be the first in the nation to vote on abortion access since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that guaranteed access to abortion across the country.
Richard Levy, J.B. Smith Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law, and Stephen McAllister, E.S. & Tom W. Hampton Distinguished Professor of Law, have offered expert insight on the issue to national media outlets including The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Slate, ABC News, CBS News, National Public Radio, FiveThirtyEight, Vox and The New Republic, and to regional media outlets.
Recent national media appearances by professors Levy and McAllister on the amendment question include:
- The New Yorker (8/7/22 - McAllister): Blueprinting the Kansas abortion rights victory
- The Washington Post (8/4/22 - McAllister): How abortion rights organizers won in Kansas: Horse parades and canvassing
- CNN (8/3/22 - McAllister): CNN Tonight: Aug. 3, 2022 (audio; interview begins at 13:30)
- CBS News (8/3/22 - Levy): Kansas voters uphold right to abortion
- Slate (8/2/22 – McAllister): What's Next - Daily News and Analysis Podcast: Kansas's sketchy abortion vote
- Los Angeles Times (8/1/22 – McAllister): Op-Ed: Kansas’ abortion amendment invites legal chaos
- ABC News (7/27/22 – Levy): Kansas to vote on abortion in primary: What to know
- Vox (7/27/22 – Levy): The first big test for reproductive rights post-Roe is next week in Kansas
- The New Republic (7/27/22 – Levy): Kansas will be the first state to vote on abortion since the fall of Roe
- The Washington Post (7/24/22 – McAllister): ‘The stakes could not be higher’: Kansas abortion vote set for Aug. 2
- FiveThirtyEight (7/20/22 – Levy): The abortion vote in Kansas looks like it's going to be close
- CBS News (7/19/22 – Levy, McAllister): Kansas voters will weigh in directly on abortion rights next month
- National Public Radio (7/18/22 – McAllister): The first post-Roe vote on abortion rights will be held in Kansas on Aug. 2
- Courthouse News Service (7/17/22 – Levy): Kansans to decide fate of abortion rights in primary election
McAllister is scheduled to appear on the MSNBC show “Chris Jansing Reports” on Aug. 2, live in Kansas City at the National WWI Museum and Memorial. The show airs from noon to 1 p.m. CST. McAllister has spoken with reporters for related stories in The Wall Street Journal, Newsy and FOX4 Kansas City.
Recent local and regional media appearances include:
- The Lawrence Times (8/1/22 – Levy): ‘This vote is final’: Lawmakers emphasize weight of Kansas amendment vote ahead of Tuesday election
- KCUR (7/28/22 – Levy): Kansas attorney general's opinion criticized as spin to promote anti-abortion amendment
- The Topeka Capital-Journal (7/28/22 – Levy): What will happen if Kansas voters pass — or don't pass — constitutional amendment on abortion?
- KCUR (7/25/22 – Levy, McAllister): FAQ: Getting the facts right on the Kansas abortion vote
- Kansas Reflector (7/19/22 – Levy): Anti-abortion groups make dubious claims as Kansas amendment vote nears
- Lawrence Journal-World (7/18/22 – McAllister): Kansas is a national abortion battleground again, with the prospect of an outright ban
- KWCH Wichita (7/15/22 – Levy): Campaign 2022: Constitutional Amendment Special (Part 3)
- Kansas City Star (7/13/22 – Levy): If Kansans vote for abortion amendment, these restrictions could go into effect
- Hutchinson Post (6/30/22 – Levy): KU Prof: 'no limits on abortion regulation' if amendment passes
Read all recent faculty media coverage from KU Law professors.