STATEMENT: Power of Youth Organizing Protected Abortion Access in Kansas


August 3rd, 2022


Carmel Pryor

WASHINGTON — Yesterday, voters in Kansas were the first to decide on abortion post-Roe, and abortion rights won. Voters in Kansas rejected adding an amendment to the state constitution that would open the door for lawmakers to further restrict or ban abortion in the state. Youth organizers at Loud Light, an Alliance network organization, were key to educating voters about the dangers of this amendment and demanding elected leaders take swift action to protect abortion access.

Dakota Hall, Executive Director for Alliance for Youth Action, said:  

“Abortion was on the ballot in a ruby-red voter-suppressed state, and abortion rights won because of the power of youth organizing. In the Kansas primary, we witnessed Loud Light’s impact on transforming Kansas through advocacy work to defend voter protection, base-building, civic engagement, and turning out the youth vote. Their efforts were critical in fighting to protect abortion access. 

Like young activists and organizers in the Alliance for Youth Action Network, voters in Kansas believe the United States Supreme Court is on the wrong side of history. While this is a great victory, this state-by-state patchwork of laws cannot stand. Congress must expeditiously enact the will of the people to end the filibuster to codify the fundamental right to an abortion.”  

If you are interested in speaking with Executive Director Dakota Hall and youth organizers at Loud Light, please reach out to Carmel Pryor (