Anti-abortion group opposes Kansas Supreme Court candidates

October 15, 2019 - 6:29 pm

An anti-abortion group is opposing two candidates for a Kansas Supreme Court vacancy before a state commission selects finalists for Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly.

Kansans for Life announced Tuesday that it opposes state Court of Appeals Judge Melissa Taylor Standridge and Shawnee County District Judge Evelyn Wilson.

The move comes as conservatives seek to overturn a Supreme Court decision protecting abortion rights and to require state Senate confirmation of the justices.

A nominating commission is set to interview 20 applicants Thursday and Friday. After it picks three finalists, Kelly will appoint one, with no role for legislators.

Kansans for Life objects to Standridge because of a 2016 appeals-court ruling favoring abortion rights. It opposes Wilson because of her husband's past political contributions to Kelly and other abortion-rights candidates.

Neither judge responded immediately to the group's criticism.

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