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Abortion Rights On the Ballot in 3 States Next Month

by Countable | Updated on 10.12.18

Abortion rights will be on the ballot in three states next month with voters in West Virginia, Alabama, and Oregon set to vote on whether their state constitutions provide the right to an abortion or allow taxpayer funding of abortions. Here’s a look at what they do:

West Virginia’s Amendment 1 would amend the state constitution to clarify that “nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of abortion.”

While the amendment wouldn’t have any immediate effect on abortion rights in West Virginia, it’d prevent courts from interpreting that the state constitution protects abortion rights if Roe v. Wade were to be overturned. That could allow the enforcement of policies criminalizing certain abortions or prohibiting public funds from going to abortions, including laws West Virginia retained but hasn’t enforced in the wake of Supreme Court rulings.

This proposed constitutional amendment was referred to West Virginia voters by the state legislature, which it approved with votes that were mostly along party-lines.

Alabama’s Amendment 2 would also clarify that “nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of abortion” in the event Roe is overturned, in addition to:

  • Declaring that the state’s policy is to recognize and support “the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children, including the right to life.”
  • Expressing that the state will “ensure the protection of the rights of the unborn child in all manners and measures lawful and appropriate.”

This proposed constitutional amendment was referred to Alabama voters by the state legislature, which approved it with votes that were mostly along party-lines.

Oregon’s Measure 106 would amend the state constitution to prohibit the use of public funds to pay for abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or where abortion is medically necessary to prevent the injury or death of the pregnant woman.

Oregon allows public funds to be used to pay for abortions provided through its Medicaid program, the Oregon Health Plan. Because federal Medicaid dollars can’t pay for abortions, Oregon taxpayers pay the full cost of abortions in the Oregon Health Plan. Last year, Oregon’s legislature allowed unauthorized immigrants without health insurance to get taxpayer-funded abortions with the enactment of the Reproductive Health Equity Act along party-lines.

This proposed constitutional amendment was initiated by Oregon voters who submitted about 140,000 signatures, more than the 117,578 signatures required for the initiative to qualify for the ballot.

— Eric Revell

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  • John
    Voted Oppose
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    Roe v Wade is settled law. Make sex education real and complete and make contraceptives readily available if you are so opposed to choice.

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  • Robert
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    This has been settled law for many years. There is a thing called separation of church and state it would be nice if these assholes would recognize separation of church and state. You cannot legislate morals.

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  • Dennis
    Voted Support
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    Nothing in this proposed ideas is taking away rights. It simply denying government funding toward it. Regardless how you feel a woman should or should not make a particular choice. Taxpayers should not have to pay for something they view as immoral and criminal.

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  • Terry
    Voted Oppose
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    First off, nobody EVER wants an abortion. If people truly want abortion to go away, Women's health issues need to be addressed, as a top priority. And women's reproductive health issues need to matter. My heart hurts for a woman who finds herself in the position of being pregnant and not knowing how to finance the costs of childbirth, not to mention the 18 plus years of taking care of the child. Women need the option of terminating a pregnancy. Especially poor women. Don't take away this essential right by allowing crazy bible thumping people in the bible belt decide. Women and children need to matter. Every child born should be loved and wanted.

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  • Jane
    Voted Support
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    There are many reasons for abortion. All of them are my choice.

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  • M
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    Abortion should be between a woman and her “god”, if she believes in that. Something as personal and consequential as birth should always be a choice. And men should take responsibility for their “seed”.

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  • Marylynn
    Voted Oppose
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    If Roe vs. Wade is settled law then why are these states putting the issue on their ballots? Who the hell are these lawmakers that think they can decide what's best for a woman and her body?

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  • Linda
    Voted Oppose
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    Vote these down. This is just another attempt to try & make abortion illegal or hard to get. NO ONE HAS A RIGHT TO TELL A WOMAN WHAT SHE CAN OR CAN'T DO WHEN IT COMES TO THEIR BODIES OR HEALTH. Stop trying to take the country backwards. When it comes to a woman's health no one has a say in it. Women are not second class citizens. Stop treating us that way.

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  • wesleysullivan
    Voted Oppose
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    If you're going to tell a person that they are required to have a child that they do not wish to have then you as a government should have to pay for that child's cost of living. Otherwise you're creating a new form of punishment for low income, accidentally pregnant women that then further drives them into a state of poverty and inability to work due to the pressures of raising an unwanted child.

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  • KyleCorley
    Voted Oppose
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    We should keep abortions legal in all states. The women are in charge of their bodies not the state or federal government. We should teach family planning, and more about protected sex in sex educations. By abortions being legal you are eliminating women from going overseas, getting illegal abortions, or causing more damage. The government likes to just show the information about being getting abortions in the last couple of months, but in reality most women get an abortion done before the 2nd trimester. Roe vs Wade should not be overturned if Congress would actually read it then they would know that it already bans long term abortions. My main point I want to get across is that the state and federal government should leave abortion alone, and if they are so worried about it then why don't you include more money in the budget to teach sex education.

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  • Donna
    Voted Oppose
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    The state legislatures in WV and AL are male-dominated, both only about 15% female, proving once again that women are viewed as second-class citizens by the male majority. They have spent tons of time and taxpayer money attempting to exercise their control over a woman's right to choose based on what they profess to be their religious beliefs. The two most obvious problems with this are the supposed separation of church and state on which this nation was founded and, more importantly, their total disregard for a human's right to life over their perceived macho right to extinguish a human life with assault rifles or other firearms. This is about one thing only - the need to control women and decide for us when we will or will not be 'required' to give birth to a child which will, unfortunately, be destined to a life of poverty and welfare. Unless you are prepared to house, feed and raise all children forced to be carried to term, stay the hell out of our right to make this decision for ourselves. It takes two parties to conceive a child, yet you feel only one needs to be punished for life - in your view that would be the one incapable of making her own decision.

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  • Curt
    Voted Oppose
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    Just another attempt by religious fanatics to force women into lives they don’t want.

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  • burrkitty
    Voted Oppose
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    I oppose endless wars, corrupted politicians, oil subsidies, infinite detention, and bank bailouts and I still pay my damn taxes. I pay taxes for things I find criminal, abhorrent, and immoral ALL THE TIME. Grow up.

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  • Vickie
    Voted Oppose
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    That’s why they put Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court to take away our rights as women.

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  • Amanda
    Voted Oppose
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    I don't agree with any of these. Women, all women regardless of financial ability, should be able to make choices for their body. If tax payers are going to pay for births then we are obligated to pay for other family planning services, including abortion. Tax payers fund healthcare for low income women and should treat abortion as they would treat diabetes, not like the way we treat a breast augmentation. And if people are complaining about tax payer funds, well, maybe I don't want my tax payer funds going to support federal programs in locations that are known to be racially abusive places. Do I get to force legislation to exclude them from funds? No, I don't. And opponents of abortion shouldn't get to hijack other people's right to manage their bodies and do family planning either.

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  • Caedmon
    Voted Support
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    Abortion is murder

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  • Kodiwodi
    Voted Oppose
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    I wholeheartedly support the right of anyone who opposes abortion to be there at the hospital to take over total guardianship of the child, children, products of conception, dead, dying or disabled child and raise it as your own from that moment forth. And if it involves the death or permanent injury of the birth mother you of course will as a good Christian be responsible for that as well. In this way that which is best for the fetus is done and you have done God’s will which you know so well. What say you? Crickets...

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  • Linda
    Voted Oppose
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    My body, my choice. I support a woman's right to choose what is right for her body. NOBODY has the right to dictate how I govern my body. There are no laws that govern how men deal with their bodies.

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  • Judith
    Voted Oppose
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    GET THOSE REPUBLICAN OLD WHITE RASIST, NAZI, KKK, DOMESTIC TERRORIST SUPPORTING, WOMAN HATING REPUBLICANS IN PRISON FOR CONSPIRACY AGAINST THE USA ONCE AND FOR ALL TIME ! 💙🌊 BLUE TSUNAMI WAVE IN NOVEMBER !!

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  • Tinee
    Voted Oppose
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    Not everyone woman that becomes pregnant wanted to become pregnant. Someone men actually talk a woman into have in unprotected sex. When the woman becomes pregnant the man will either leave her or talk the woman into having an abortion. Some men actually drive the woman to the abortion clinic. Some women's pregnancies they really want stop developing and the fetus has to be removed. Some see this as an abortion evento the unborn has died. Some very sick men have raped little girls. One I knew was 10. She became pregnant. The 10 year old was forced to give birth. The 10 year old took her own life shortly afterwards. Nothing was done to the male that raped her. Some women become pregnant yet have to abort to save their lives because the egg fertilized in the wrong area. Woman don't get pregnant on their own. Every abortion that happens is because a male got a female pregnant. Yet the women is held responsible for entire pregnancy even if she never wanted it. The pregnant women is made to feel bad about a doing what is best for her. Nothing is done to hold the male responsible that caused unwanted pregnancy.

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