CAC President Elizabeth Wydra appeared The Agenda with Ari Rabin-Havt — guest hosted by Michele Jawando of the Center for American Progress — to discuss the importance of progressives caring and taking an interest in both the Supreme Court and lower federal courts.
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The filing was a response to an amicus brief by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Constitutional Accountability Center which defended the idea that the Kansas constitution protects abortion rights.
Legal experts who had expected a broader discussion of the court's role were disappointed. "Both candidates wasted an incredible opportunity last night to educate the American people on their vision of the Constitution’s role in our society and our courts," said Elizabeth Wydra, president of the Constitutional Accountability Center. Instead, she said, they resorted to addressing "specific hot-button issues."
Language from the Declaration of Independence also appears in the Bill of Rights of the Kansas constitution, which notes "all men are possessed of equal and inalienable natural rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." In June, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Constitutional Accountability Center filed an amicus brief arguing that because of these similarities, if the 14th Amendment protects a woman's right to an abortion then the Kansas constitution also protects that same right.
In an amicus brief they submitted for the Kansas Supreme Court’s consideration in support of the plaintiffs, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Constitutional Accountability Center (CAC) note that the 14th Amendment, like Section 1 of the Kansas Constitution’s Bill of Rights, draws directly from the Declaration of Independence and its lofty language about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.