Regulatory policy

Voters in 5 states have opportunity to shape pro-life politics this Election Day

3 states have pro-choice ballot initiatives, while 2 relate to laws that would protect the unborn child.

On the day of the first general election since the U.S. Supreme Court returned the question of abortion legality to individual states, five U.S. states have ballot initiatives on the procedure. Three of the initiatives seek to expand abortion rights, and two seek to ban elective abortions.

Michigan

The Michigan Catholic Conference is urging a negative vote on Proposition 3, which asks voters whether “reproductive freedom” belongs in the Michigan Constitution.

“Michigan could move from a state with laws protecting vulnerable unborn women from abortion to one that permanently guarantees unrestricted, unregulated abortion,” the conference warned. He said Proposition 3 would allow abortions to be performed by anyone, at any time during pregnancy and for any reason.

“It would overturn state laws regulating the quality, safety and inspections of abortion clinics,” a statement from the conference explained. “It would remove the parental consent requirement for teens seeking abortions, as well as teens seeking gender reassignment surgeries.”

Proposition 3, also known as the “Reproductive Freedom for All” constitutional amendment, would have “wide and extreme” consequences for Michigan if passed, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit said in a statement. letter to all registered parishioners. The proposal would turn the state into a “ground zero” for abortion extremism in the United States, he added.

In an Oct. 10 letter to the congregants, the state bishops wrote, “If Proposition 3 passes, there will be no real limits on abortion or sterilization procedures in Michigan outside of Michigan. voluntary consent of an individual. And no matter what one thinks of abortion, this proposed amendment goes well beyond what was permitted under Roe vs. Wade. The proposal would also amend our state constitution, which is far more consequential than any law.

California

California voters will consider Proposition 1, which could add an amendment to the California Constitution declaring, “The state shall not deny or interfere with an individual’s reproductive freedom in their most intimate decisions, which includes their fundamental right to choose to have an abortion and her fundamental right to choose or refuse contraceptives.

“Each human life, including unborn human life, is unique and irreplaceable, a person with inherent dignity and eternal destiny,” states the Catholic Conference of California. “The intentional taking of any innocent human life is a grave moral wrong, and people of faith and goodwill have an obligation to protect human life and oppose all attacks on human life and dignity.

The conference warns that a new constitutional amendment would “dramatically expand and increase abortions in our state, while doing nothing to give vulnerable women a real choice.”

Proposition 1 would “enshrine the explicit right to abortion in our state constitution,” the conference says. “It’s also the first time CA voters have been asked to vote for unrestricted late-term abortion, ending any real chance for California to protect unborn life in future laws.”

Vermont

In Vermont, Proposition 5 would add an amendment to the state constitution saying “that an individual’s right to personal reproductive autonomy is central to the freedom and dignity to determine one’s own life course and shall not be denied or infringed unless justified by a compelling state interest”. achieved by the least restrictive means.

Vermont Right to Life says the amendment “takes away any ability for future legislatures to legally protect an unborn baby at any time during the nine months of pregnancy.”

The organization also said Proposition 5 would shield abortion businesses from state oversight or regulation.

Montana

Montana has a ballot initiative, LR-131, that would protect infants born alive after an attempted abortion, induced labor, cesarean section or other method of receiving medical care.

“Coming November, Montana voters will have an opportunity to stand up for some of the most vulnerable and helpless members of the human family – infants born alive as a result of abortion,” the Catholic Bishops of the United States said. State.

They explained that the Montana law would be similar to a federal law passed by Congress in 2002, legally recognizing that a newborn, regardless of the circumstances of his or her birth, must be legally recognized as a person from the moment from birth if the baby shows no signs of life. Federal law, however, did not provide specific measures to ensure the protection of these infants. LR-131, the bishops said “will help rectify this omission.”

Kentucky

In Kentucky, voters will decide on Constitutional Amendment 2, which states that nothing in the state constitution gives citizens the right to abortion.

The Catholic Conference of Kentucky asked voters to “prayerfully consider and vote ‘YES for life’…supporting Amendment No. 2.”

“This proposed constitutional amendment is very simple and will prevent our state courts from making a decision like Roe vs. Wade“says the conference. “It adds a sentence to the Kentucky Constitution: ‘To protect human life, nothing in this Constitution shall be construed as guaranteeing or protecting the right to abortion or as requiring the funding of abortion.'”

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