In another election twist, voters in Alabama and West Virginia have decided to move forward with significantly restricting abortion access if Roe vs. Wade is overturned by the Supreme Court. Oregon, the third abortion limits state, rejected Measure 106 which would have prohibited public funds from paying for abortions.
In Alabama, voters approved an amendment to the state’s constitution that, in Layman’s terms, gives a fetus the same rights as a person already born and living. The added text to Amendment 2 will “recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children.” Now, the state also “does not protect the right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.” Other states have passed similar amendments, but Alabama didn’t make exceptions for incest, rape or life of the mother.
In West Virginia, the “No Constitutional Right to Abortion Amendment” or Amendment 1, will change the state’s Constitution to read, “nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of abortion.” The amendment means West Virginia residents do not have a right to abortions with Medicaid funding.
Oregon voters rejected Measure 106 which would have prohibited public funds from paying for abortions, except in the cases of rape, incest or threats to the mother’s health. This means that public employees and people on Medicaid cannot get coverage for abortion in the state.
Abortion has been a serious and sensitive subject for years. What do you guys think of the new abortion laws in these states? Speak on it!