- Michigan voters have approved a proposal guaranteeing a constitutional right to abortion. Similar changes have been adopted in California and Vermont.
- Kentucky voters overturned an amendment saying there is no right to abortion. Montana voters have rejected an abortion law.
- Republican-led states should heed warnings that doing nothing about abortion is not an option — and could backfire.
Voters have spoken. They want to preserve the right to abortion.
While poll after poll showed worries about inflation and the economy were the main driver of this election, in states where abortion was literally on the ballot, abortion rights propelled the voter turnout.
In Michigan, one of five states to pass abortion legislation, the anti-abortion community is still reeling from what it sees as a decades-long setback in its work. What happened in the Great Lakes State should serve as a warning to others who will face similar measures in the future – and no doubt they will given the success of these initial efforts.