Mixed Results in Colorado, Louisiana Abortion Ballot Measures

Patrick Goodenough | November 4, 2020 | 4:30am EST
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A pro-life activist demonstrates in front of the Supreme Court on the day the court rejected Louisiana's restrictions on abortion last June. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images)
A pro-life activist demonstrates in front of the Supreme Court on the day the court rejected Louisiana's restrictions on abortion last June. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – Abortion was on the ballot in Tuesday’s election in two states, Colorado and Louisiana, with mixed results.

In Colorado, voters defeated by 59.4 to 40.5 percent a proposition to prohibit abortions after 22 weeks’ gestation.

The state is one of the few in the nation that permits late-term abortions. According to NARAL Pro Choice Colorado (now known as Cobalt), abortions are available up to 26 weeks – and up to 34 weeks in cases of “fetal anomalies, genetic disorder, fetal demise and/or or severe medical problems.”

“Cobalt seeks to advance and protect abortion access and opposes any attempt to restrict access to abortion care,” the group said in summarizing its opposition to Proposition 115.

The Due Date Too Late campaign, which advocated for a “yes” vote, said that at 22 weeks’ gestation “a baby can survive outside the mother’s womb when they are born prematurely.”

Some prolife groups did not support the proposition, however.

“Proposition 115 is the latest in the nearly 50-year effort to regulate murder, that is, to legislate how, when and where you can ‘legally’ kill the innocent,” argued Colorado Right to Life.

Due Date Too Late, explaining why it was not seeking to end all abortions, said, “Colorado voters have indicated that they will not pass such an initiative, our effort is to bring a measure to the ballot which the voters support. A majority of voters oppose late term abortion including many who self-identify as ‘prochoice.’ We have an opportunity to help many babies and their mothers.”

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden won Colorado on Tuesday. Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump in Colorado by 48.1 points to  43.2 points in 2016.

In Louisiana, voters passed by a 65-35 percent margin Amendment 1, sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Katrina Jackson, which inserts into the Louisiana Constitution language saying that “nothing in this constitution shall be construed to secure or protect a right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.”

Opponents said pro-lifers were essentially trying to ban abortion in the state altogether.

Proponents – who dubbed the measure the Love Life Amendment – argued in response that “the question of whether abortion is legal or not, and in what cases, depends on federal and state law, not the Louisiana Constitution. The Love Life Amendment will simply ensure that Louisiana judges cannot establish a right to abortion or the tax-funding of abortion in the Louisiana Constitution.”

A number of restrictions on abortion are in place in Louisiana, including parental consent for minors; ultrasound, counseling, and waiting period requirements; and state funding for abortion limited to cases of life endangerment, rape or incest. The Supreme Court last June struck down a Louisiana law requiring abortion providers to hold admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

In the presidential race, Louisiana has been called for Trump. Trump beat Clinton in the state by 58 points to 38.4 points in 2016.

 

See also:
‘Dramatic Contrast’:  Pence Versus Harris on Abortion (Oct. 8, 2020)
Biden: I’d Respond to SCOTUS Overruling Roe v. Wade by Making it ‘the Law of the Land’ (Oct. 6, 2020)
Biden Would Name a Woman As His VP; Supports Taxpayer Funding of Abortion  (Mar. 16, 2020)

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