Louisiana Votes to Specify No Right to Abortion in State Constitution


In other states, voters approve “stand your ground” in churches and legalize marijuana.

Louisiana’s new constitutional amendment restricting abortion is especially close to Louisiana Baptist executive director Steve Horn’s heart. His adopted 10-year-old son Dru was born after the birth mother sought help at a pro-life pregnancy center.

“It’s hard to get my head wrapped around what could have been,” Horn said Wednesday after the passage of Louisiana Amendment 1 declaring no state constitutional right to abortion nor abortion funding.

The measure was the only such amendment approved in any state Tuesday. A similar measure failed in Colorado, where voters were asked to limit abortions to fetuses no older than 22 weeks.

Louisiana’s abortion measure was among many measures on ballots in 32 states, including Stand Your Ground gun laws for churches in two Alabama counties and various measures regarding racial sensitivity received voter approval.

Horn said Louisiana Southern Baptists advocated for the constitutional amendment, which passed with 68 percent of the vote, the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office reported Wednesday .

“It doesn’t necessarily change anything obviously because of Roe v. Wade, but some people have said that this is the final piece in the state of Louisiana …. of the legislative puzzle, should Roe v. Wade be overturned, that there will be explicitly in the state constitution that there is no right to abortion,” Horn said. “Sometimes we like to say ‘if and when’ Roe v. Wade is overturned. … Even if it is just symbolic, it is an important symbolic vote that the people of Louisiana have spoken.

The bipartisan initiative was authored by a Democratic state senator and supported by Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards. …

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