Baton Rouge, LA — Overshadowed by the stalled presidential election and the many hotly contested US Senate races in various parts of the country, Louisiana voters passed an amendment stating that the Louisiana state constitution does not protect the right to an abortion or the funding of an abortion.
The amendment was passed with nearly 1.8 million votes tallied, about 65.5 percent of voters passed the amendment, while 35.5 percent rejected it.
Other states have adopted similar ballot initiatives in recent years. The citizens in Tennessee, West Virginia, and Alabama have each adopted similar ballot initiatives in recent years. As conservatives continue to push the United States Supreme Court to roll back the disastrous and wrongly decided 1973 case that made abortions “safe, legal, and rare.”
Amendment 1 is supported by Gov. John Bel Edwards, the only Democratic governor in the U.S. who opposes abortion rights.
Louisiana already has what’s known as a ‘trigger law,’ which would automatically ban abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned. The amendment passed Tuesday essentially makes it more difficult for people to challenge the trigger law.
Louisiana has sought to implement other laws to restrict abortion access, though those efforts have been rebuffed by the Supreme Court, which most recently invalidated a law that required physicians who perform abortions to hold “active admitting privileges” at a hospital within 30 miles of their facility.
Meanwhile, Colorado voters shot down a proposition that would restrict abortion after a fetus reaches 22 weeks gestational age, which is calculated from the first day of a woman’s last menstrual period.
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