In response to the fall of Roe v. Wade, we’ve seen numerous lawsuits filed and bills proposed that either seek to expand abortion access or protect the right to life. While litigation and legislation are incredibly important arenas in the fight to preserve the sanctity of life, one equally essential but often overlooked battleground is the place where every American gets their say: the polls.
Next week, Americans in five states will go to the polls to directly cast their votes on the question of whether their state’s constitution should protect life or enshrine abortion.
Although legislators enact laws on behalf of the people they represent, ballot initiatives receive a direct vote from the people on Election Day. With the Supreme Court recognizing that the U.S. Constitution does not support a right to abortion, pro-abortion activists are turning to amending state constitutions to create this so-called “right” to abortion in state law.
This means that ballot initiatives are the new frontier for the pro-abortion movement after Roe v. Wade.
And sadly, they’ve already found success. Earlier this year, Kansas held a vote on a ballot initiative that would have declared that the Kansas Constitution does not bestow a right to abortion. The measure failed, largely due to the pro-abortion movement’s misinformation campaign about the effects of the proposal.
Kansas demonstrated that defending life isn’t limited to the courtrooms or the legislature: it’s right in front of us, on the ballot.
It’s time for us as voters to step up and support life.
The five states with life on the ballot
On Election Day, five states will hold direct votes on whether their state’s constitution protects abortion or protects life. Each state’s proposal is different, so it’s important to understand what the ballot measure in your state does and whether you should vote yes or no.
In Vermont, California, and Michigan, voters will decide on proposals to enshrine protections for abortion into the state constitutions. In Montana, voters will decide on a proposal designed to protect babies born alive after failed abortion procedures. In Kentucky, voters will decide on a proposal that affirms there is no right to abortion in Kentucky’s constitution.
If you live in one of these five states—or have family and friends there—please share the following information and resources to stand for life in these states.
Michigan Proposal 3
VOTE NO: Michigan’s “Reproductive Freedom for All” proposal would make abortion a fundamental right under the Michigan Constitution.
This ballot initiative is extreme and should alarm Michiganders. Proponents of this proposed constitutional amendment are framing it as restoring Roe v. Wade at the state level, which would be disastrous enough. But don’t be fooled—this proposal would go far beyond Roe v. Wade.
Here’s what it does:
- Allows abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy, including partial-birth abortions.
- Endangers both mothers and their children by prohibiting common-sense limits and regulations on abortion.
- Undermines the state’s ability to protect many other fundamental rights, including the rights of conscience of health-care providers to not participate in ending a human life, parental rights to raise and educate their children, rights of association for hospitals and care centers to hire mission-oriented employees, rights of free speech to advocate for life-affirming care, and the fundamental right to life of every human being.
- Invalidates more than two dozen commonsense pro-life laws in Michigan.
- Authorizes a minor to obtain an abortion without parental consent or even parental notice.
- Broadly defines “reproductive freedom” to even include “sterilization,” allowing a minor to obtain a sterilization without parental consent or notice, such as when a minor desires to change his or her gender.
Sadly, this list is not comprehensive. The proposed amendment will have many devastating unforeseen consequences. Such a radical and unclear proposal is not right for Michigan.
Encourage those in your Michigan communities to vote NO on this measure.
Vermont Proposal 5
VOTE NO: Prop 5’s vague language protecting “reproductive autonomy” would expand access to abortion, endanger children, and jeopardize parental rights and rights of conscience.
Proponents of this proposal have publicly stated that “personal reproductive autonomy” could mean even more than unrestricted access to abortion. Such ambiguous language opens the door to extremely broad judicial interpretation and devastating unintended consequences.
Here’s what the proposal could do through this vague language:
- Expand abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy.
- Permit underage girls to consent to elective abortions, hormone blockers, and other permanent procedures without parental consent or knowledge.
- Open the door to taxpayer-funded sterilizations and abortions.
- Remove conscience protections for health-care professionals who do not want to participate in abortion, “gender transitions,” or other procedures.
- Endanger both mothers and their children by prohibiting commonsense limits and regulations on abortion.
Vermonters cannot afford Prop 5 and its unknown repercussions. Handing courts the power to determine what “reproductive autonomy” means for women and children will have devastating consequences. Vermonters should not let this vital issue be taken out of their own hands by the courts.
Vermont must vote NO on this dangerous measure.
California Proposition 1
VOTE NO: California’s Prop 1 would enshrine abortion up to the moment of birth in the California state constitution.
Under the guise of expanding a right to “reproductive freedom,” this ballot measure overrides California’s existing abortion regulations that restrict abortion after viability and expands access to abortion-on-demand throughout the entire length of pregnancy.
Here’s what it does:
- Creates a “right” to abortion through all nine months of pregnancy without restriction, including dangerous late-term, partial-birth abortions.
- Allows for a greater expansion of forced taxpayer funding of abortion.
- Endangers both mothers and their children by undermining commonsense limits and regulations on abortion.
- Solidifies California’s status as a “sanctuary state” for abortion access, encouraging women from other states to come to California for their abortions—at the expense of California taxpayers.
While some Californians may hold extreme pro-abortion views, an overwhelming majority oppose allowing abortion up to the moment of birth. Instead of allowing the people to decide how to regulate abortion and protect life, the abortion industry is insisting on enforcing a deadly and extreme regime of abortion-on-demand throughout pregnancy.
Californians must vote NO on this extreme ballot measure.
Kentucky Constitutional Amendment 2
VOTE YES: Kentucky’s “Yes for Life” proposal affirms that there is no right to abortion or abortion funding in Kentucky’s Constitution.
This ballot initiative’s language is simple: “To protect human life, nothing in this Constitution shall be construed to secure or protect a right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.” Kentucky’s pro-life laws have been under attack from the pro-abortion movement. This amendment would push back and make it clear that Kentuckians stand for life.
Here’s what the amendment does:
- Guarantees that Kentucky’s existing laws protecting women and babies from the devastation of abortion can remain on the books in the face of challenges from pro-abortion activists.
- Prevents Kentuckians’ hard-earned tax dollars from being used to pay for abortion.
- Ensures that the people and their elected representatives are the ones deciding how Kentucky will regulate abortion instead of activist state court judges.
It is vital that Kentucky seizes this opportunity to stop the abortion industry in its tracks. This is why we need Kentucky’s pro-life community to step up and encourage others to vote YES on this amendment.
Montana LR 131
VOTE YES: Montana’s “Born Alive Infant Protection Act” ensures that babies who survive attempted abortions receive the same degree of medical care provided to any other newborn.
Here’s what the ballot measure does:
- Defines any infant born alive, including after an attempted abortion, as a “person” under state law entitled to the same legal protections available to other citizens.
- Requires that reasonable and appropriate care be given to all infants born alive. It also ensures that infants who are not developed enough to survive are not left alone to die on the abortionist’s table but are given humane comfort care.
Every child born alive deserves the same medical care, regardless of whether he or she was born as a result of an attempted abortion. By passing this ballot measure, Montanans can make a clear statement that every human life is equally valuable, and worthy of full legal protection.
Montanans should vote YES on this critical ballot measure.
While we should continue to celebrate the monumental victory of overturning Roe v. Wade, we must remember that the fight to protect life is continuing—just in a different arena.