Last week the Kansas Supreme Court charted a path for abortion rights independent of the U.S. high court. According to its ruling, the state’s constitution not only protects a woman’s right to abortion but grants even more protection than the federal Constitution as currently interpreted. For those who worry the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh may presage a curtailment of reproductive rights, the Kansas court showed one way forward.

But there is another. It may be time for a federal abortion law. This might seem like a fanciful idea at first, as we are accustomed to leadership from the margins rather than the center on the issue of abortion rights.

Lois Shepherd, A Federal Abortion Law Might Be Needed, The Hill (May 2, 2019).