Kentucky voters are every bit as concerned by the Republicans’ attack on a woman’s right as they are in Kansas. Last summer the Sunflower state voted down an amendment to their Constitution meant to let politicians stand between a woman and her doctor. Kentucky’s people voted to change their Constitution to allow women to make their own choice.
Before the midterms, abortion was illegal in the Bluegrass State. The conservative justices on Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) perjured themselves during their hearings, saying that they believed in “Stare Decisis,” which meant that they believed in keeping older laws on the books. Then they voted down Roe v. Wade.
That was when Kentucky enacted a “trigger law” making abortion illegal in the state. Women came to the midterms to make their presence felt. They added an amendment to Kentucky’s Constitution to overturn the abortion ban. And the people won.
Elizabeth Nash, a policy analyst with the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-choice research group commented, according to the BBC:
‘Abortion is a winning issue,Voters want people to have bodily autonomy and agency over their lives. That is pretty core to being an American.’
Amber Duke, interim executive director for the ACLU of Kentucky said:
‘This is a victory for bodily autonomy and the right of all Kentuckians to make the best decisions for themselves, but the fight is not over.’
Kentucky lawmakers have already filed suits with the state Supreme Court to try and rescind the pro-choice amendment:
‘But a pro-choice vote will strengthen the case for looming legal challenges to the state’s two bans. Next week, on 15 November, lawyers with Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will be in court.’
‘This was step one in the process. We’ll be in court next week, and this was a key piece for us to be able to keep up that fight.’
Erin Smith, Executive director of Kentucky Health Justice Network said:
‘It’s kind of hard to ignore who our senators are, but they don’t speak for all of us. This is people’s bodies.’
Pro-choice voters have won the battle:
‘So far, at least, pro-choice advocates can claim a resounding victory. Across the country on Tuesday, one in four voters said abortion was their top issue when deciding how to vote, according to a Reuters exit poll. And according to Pew Research, 61% of Americans think that abortion should be legal in all or most cases.’
Anti-abortion Republican Rand Paul (R-KY) won his seat against his challenger Charles Booker (D).
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