US states vote to uphold rights of unborn

Alabama and West Virginia voted in favour of protective measures for the unborn last Tuesday, should the Roe v Wade ruling ever be overturned.

Alabama’s amendment to the state constitution to “recognise and support the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children” won with 59 per cent of the vote.

In West Virginia a similar constitutional change was passed – the “No Right to Abortion” amendment. This stated that West Virginia state government would no longer be required to fund abortions.

‘Biggest mistake’

Under the name ‘Jane Roe’, Norma McCorvey was the woman at the centre of the legal case to introduce abortion into the USA in 1973.

After winning the case, she said it was the biggest mistake of her life and promised to spend the “rest of my life undoing the law that bears my name”.

One voter from Alabama said: “In a world after Roe, the voters will finally get to decide what abortion policy they support, and in this election, we saw people getting ready for the day in which Roe becomes a footnote in history”.

The amendments will not come into effect while Roe v Wade remains law.

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