Louisiana has voted to amend the State constitution to declare there is no absolute right to abortion.
Voters were asked whether they gave their approval to the statement: “To protect human life, nothing in this constitution shall be construed to secure or protect a right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.”
Louisiana now joins Tennessee, Alabama and West Virginia in having similar language in State legislation.
State Senator Katrina Jackson, who authored the amendment, said in October that it “will make sure judges could never establish a right to taxpayer funding of abortion in Louisiana”.
Pro-life campaigner Lila Rose, founder of LiveAction, hailing the vote as “historic”.
— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) November 4, 2020
However, voters in Colorado rejected a measure to prohibit abortions beyond 22 weeks except where needed to save the life of the mother.