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Voters Weighed In on Abortion Rights Measures in WV, AL, OR

HeadlineNov 08, 2018

Voters in several states weighed in on abortion rights measures Tuesday. Voters in Alabama approved a sweeping anti-abortion measure that grants constitutional rights to fetuses, embryos and fertilized eggs. Amendment 2, which passed by 19 points, will codify “the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children, including the right to life” into Alabama’s Constitution. Meanwhile, in West Virginia, voters narrowly approved a constitutional amendment to prohibit state funding for women’s health clinics that provide abortions. Voters in Oregon rejected a similar proposition. The measures are so-called trigger laws that anti-choice groups hope will go into effect if—or when—the Supreme Court strikes down Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that ensured women the right to abortions.

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