In Tuesday night’s elections, five states either passed referendums supporting abortion, or rejected measures that would have restricted the practice.
As reported by The Hill, voters in the states of California, Vermont, Michigan, Montana, and Kentucky voted in favor of increased access to abortions. In the blue states of California, Vermont, and Michigan, voters passed measures to enshrine abortion rights in each of their states’ respective constitutions, the first time that any state has done so. California’s measure passed with roughly 68 percent of the vote, while Michigan’s initiative passed with just 53 percent of the vote.
In the red state of Kentucky, where Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) easily won re-election, voters simultaneously voted against a measure that would have declared that there is no right to an abortion in the state’s constitution; the measure was defeated with 52 percent of the vote, with 47 percent voting in favor of it.
And in Montana, another deep red state, 53 percent of voters rejected the “Born Alive Infants Protection Act,” a proposed law that would have declared that any fetus or embryo that survives an abortion attempt must be legally considered a person and protected by law, with criminal penalties for doctors who do not attempt to save its life.