Voters in several states showed support for abortion rights: NPR


Kentucky voters rejected an amendment that would have declared the state constitution to contain no abortion rights. Earlier, people gathered on the steps of the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort to encourage voters to vote yes on the failed Amendment 2.

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Kentucky voters rejected an amendment that would have declared the state constitution to contain no abortion rights. Earlier, people gathered on the steps of the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort to encourage voters to vote yes on the failed Amendment 2.

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Voters in several states where abortion was on the ballot were generally in favor of the right to abortion.

This summer’s US Supreme Court ruling reversing decades of abortion rights precedent has left the issue of abortion rights to the states.

It raised the stakes for voters in several states — including Vermont, California, Michigan, Montana and Kentucky — with abortion-related issues on the ballot this year.

Vermont became the first state in the country to change its constitution to protect “reproductive autonomy”, after a large majority of voters voted in favor of it, as widely expected. Abortion was already protected by a state law passed in 2019, but the amendment further strengthens those rights by adding protections to the state constitution.

As expected, California voters also approved a similar measure protect the right to abortion.

In one of the most watched ballot measures on the issue, Michigan residents also voted to change their state’s constitution to protect abortion rights. The initiative appeared on the ballot after surviving a Republican-led challenge for reasons such as concerns about the amendment spacing and formatting.

In a move that could help efforts by abortion rights groups to overturn two abortion bans, Kentucky voters rejected a proposed change to the state constitution which would have explicitly stated that it contains no right to abortion. Such an amendment would probably have thwarted efforts to overturn Kentucky’s two abortion bans.

These laws came into effect in response to the US Supreme Court ruling this summer cutting access to abortion in the Commonwealth. Abortion rights advocates challenge these laws, and pleadings are scheduled before the Kentucky Supreme Court in about a week. In a statement, officials from the Kentucky chapter of Planned Parenthood pledged to continue their legal fight.

In Montana, votes were still being counted on what anti-abortion groups describe as a “Born Alive” measure that would force health care providers to treat infants born alive at any stage of development, including after attempted abortion. Reproductive rights groups, which opposed the initiative, noted that Montana law already prohibits infanticide.

In an effort to harness the energy unleashed by the Supreme Court’s decision this summer, Democrats and abortion rights groups have invested hundreds of millions of dollars to boost candidates who support abortion rights. abortion. Abortion-rights supporters have also raised more funds than their opponents in state election campaign campaigns, including Kentucky and Michigan.

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