Kansas voters defeated a state constitutional amendment to end residents rights to seek abortions in the wake of the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade.
Hollywood reacted with glee after the amendment was rejected by a 60-40 margin on Tuesday.
“Not since one returned from Oz has any woman been this happy to be in Kansas today,” tweeted “Law & Order: SVU” star Mariska Hargitay.
Not since one returned from Oz has any woman been this happy to be in Kansas today.
— Mariska Hargitay (@Mariska) August 3, 2022
“A bunch of people voted in Kansas today and now abortion access is protected in that state. Don’t let people who spend too much time on the internet tell you that voting doesn’t matter,” wrote Marvel star Jon Favreau.
“We shouldn’t get lulled into thinking that voting is enough, either. Democracy isn’t transactional – we give politicians our vote and they go fix everything,” he added. “Democracy is a full-time job for all of us – we have to push, persuade, and organize to get the country we want.”
Original “Star Trek” actor George Takei added: ”Kansas! If we can whallop them on abortion rights there, we can take the fight to them everywhere. Who’s ready?”
Kansas! If we can whallop them on abortion rights there, we can take the fight to them everywhere. Who's ready?
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 3, 2022
Former news anchor Dan Rather concurred with the caption, “Dorothy: We’re not in Kansas anymore. Abortion rights voters: Oh yes we are.”
Dorothy: We’re not in Kansas anymore.
Abortion rights voters: Oh yes we are.
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) August 3, 2022
On Tuesday, singer John Legend posted that “It looks like a big win for reproductive freedom in Kansas tonight. Wonderful news!”
He followed-up his initial tweet with a plea to voters. “Let’s all vote in the midterms as though reproductive freedom is on the ballot. Even if it isn’t explicitly so as in Kansas, believe me, it is on the ballot. And if we show up, we win,” he added.
Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore sniped at Republicans on Instagram in the wake of the vote.
“We are not in Kansas anymore. And neither is Kansas!” He wrote. “Just a few hours ago, the unthinkable happened — the citizens of the State of Kansas, one of our reddest and most Republican states, voted in an overwhelming landslide by nearly 20 points to keep abortion legal and available to all women!”
“Let this be the word and the warning that goes out to all who seek to take any rights away from women: YOU will not succeed, and you will be defeated in this fall’s election,” Moore concluded.