Pro-Life Initiatives on the 2018 Ballot

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Focus on the Family is pleased to learn that pro-life ballot initiatives in Alabama and West Virginia passed. Both are common sense pro-life legislation that work both to protect life by amending both state constitutions and relieve its citizens of the burden of paying for abortions.

Are you a supporter of life? If you live in Alabama, Oregon or West Virginia, learn more about these life-protecting initiatives:

Alabama

The people of Alabama will soon have the opportunity to vote on Amendment 2, the State Abortion Policy Amendment, which would modify the constitution to recognize the “sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children.” If confirmed, this amendment would currently have little impact as the state cannot overrule the right to an abortion, but things could change if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

Alabamans also have the opportunity to vote on another constitutional amendment, Amendment 1, also called the “Ten Commandments Amendment,” which would allow the state to display the biblical Ten Commandments in state owned properties like schools and courts.

For more information, go to https://sos.alabama.gov/alabama-votes/voter/ballot-measures/statewide.

West Virginia

Amendment 1 would include in the constitution: “Nothing in the state constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of abortion.” The immediate effect is that West Virginiawould no longer cover abortion services through Medicaid, exception in certain cases. It’s supported by West Virginians for Life.

For more information, go to https://yeson1wv.com/.

Post Election Update: 

The approval to amend Alabama and West Virginia’s constitutions to reflect a pro-life perspective will ensure that when Roe v. Wade is overturned, abortion will become a thing of the past in each state. Hopefully this trend will continue in other states as more and more people, especially young adults, recognize the sanctity of preborn life.

Oregon

Oregonians will vote on Measure 106, also known as Petition #1, which would block the state from funding abortions through Medicaid and state employee health plans. The measure is being supported by Oregon United for Life.

For more information, go to https://www.oregonlifeunited.org/measure106/.

Post Election Update: 

Oregon’s Measure 106 did not pass, which is disappointing but sadly not surprising. The Pacific Northwest is known for being one of the most liberal areas in the entire country. For example, Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown recently approved a significant expansion of taxpayer funding for abortions. It is unfortunate that citizens did not vote to reverse this course of action. This means that the state’s resources and government will continue to support and fund abortions for the foreseeable future.

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