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If Kansas bans abortion

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Kansas, a red state with its own litany of abortion regulations, has become an unlikely
sanctuary for people across the Midwest and the South with even less access to abortion. Plus, Kansas City Today is talking to people across the city about what they've learned in year two of the COVID-19 pandemic.

When Texas passed a law restricting abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy, clinics in Kansas and Oklahoma found their lobbies suddenly full. But next year, Kansas voters are set to decide whether or not there's a constitutional right to abortion.

If Kansas bans abortions, where will these patients go next? From a clinic in Wichita, Abigail Censky of the Kansas News Service reports that the future of abortion across the region could shift quickly.

As we enter the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kansas City Today is taking a special look at how people in our community are doing. We speak to Fahteema Parrish, president and founder of Parrish & Sons Construction, about labor shortages and the struggles to keep herself and her staff safe.

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Kansas City Today is hosted by Nomin Ujiyediin. It is produced by Byron Love with Trevor Grandin and edited by Gabe Rosenberg & Lisa Rodriguez.

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As a newscaster and a host of a daily news podcast, I want to deliver the most important and interesting news of the day in an engaging and easily understandable way. No matter where you live in the metro or what you’re interested in, I want you to learn something from each newscast or podcast – and maybe even give you something to talk about at the dinner table. You can email me at nomin@kcur.org and find me on Twitter @NominUJ.
As an on-demand producer, I am focused on using my skills and experiences across multiple digital applications, platforms and media fields to create community focused audio, video and on-demand products for KCUR Studios. The media that I produce aims to inform, entertain and connect with the Kansas City metro area as we continue to learn from each other. Email me at byron@kcur.org.