Last November, voters in Alabama and West Virginia passed state constitutional amendments that denied that there existed a right to an abortion.
The Alabama State Abortion Policy Amendment, also known as Amendment 2, passed with the support of nearly 60 percent of voters.
“… it is the public policy of this state to recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children, most importantly the right to life in all manners and measures appropriate and lawful; and to provide that the constitution of this state does not protect the right to abortion or require the funding of abortion,” read Amendment 2.
West Virginia’s Amendment 1 passed with about 52 percent of voters in favor. The amendment added a section to the state constitution that read, “Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of abortion.”
Mallory Quigley of the national pro-life group the Susan B. Anthony List hailed the results of the two states’ referenda, telling The Christian Post that they represented a “tremendous victory.”
“Victories in West Virginia and Alabama show that putting life right on the ballot and letting voters decide can be a valuable means of achieving greater protections for the unborn,” said Quigley.
Alabama and West Virginia joined Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Rhode Island, and Tennessee in having state constitutional amendments that deny a right to an abortion.
“Nothing in this section shall be construed to grant or secure any right relating to abortion or the funding thereof,” reads Article I, Section 2 of Rhode Island’s constitution.
With mounting speculation that the U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade is close to being overturned, several states are considering legislation either to expand or restrict abortion access.
Amid the strategies by pro-life groups and politicians, could more states look toward passing pro-life constitutional amendments in the near future?
“Different states will pose different opportunities,” replied Quigley.
The Christian Post interviewed pro-life activists and leaders at both the state and national level to get their opinion on the potential future of anti-abortion state constitutional amendments.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski