Midterm Voters Choose To Protect Reproductive Freedom
Five states had abortion-related measures on their 2022 midterm ballots, and voters in all of these states seem to have sided with reproductive freedom.
In three states—California, Michigan, and Vermont—voters endorsed constitutional amendments protecting the right to an abortion, while Kentuckians voted against an amendment stating that there is no such right.
The California amendment—Proposition 1—alters the state’s constitution to include a “fundamental right to choose to have an abortion and the fundamental right to choose or refuse contraceptives.” With 41 percent of votes in, it’s winning 65.2 percent to 34.8 percent.
The Michigan measure—Proposal 3—amends the state’s constitution to include a “right to make and effectuate decisions about all matters relating to pregnancy, including but not limited to prenatal care, childbirth, postpartum care, contraception, sterilization, abortion care, miscarriage management, and infertility care.” It’s passing 55.8 percent to 44.2 percent with nearly 80 percent of precincts reporting.
Vermont’s Proposal 5 adds language to the state constitution stipulating that “an individual’s right to personal reproductive autonomy is central to the liberty and dignity to determine one’s own life course and shall not be denied or infringed unless justified by a compelling State interest achieved by the least restrictive means.” With 90 percent of precincts reporting, 77 percent of voters approve.
Meanwhile, the only overtly anti-abortion measure on ba
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