In a shocking consequence, the folks of Kentucky voted towards an anti-abortion poll initiative regardless of simply sending Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) again to the Senate and electing a big selection of different statewide Republican candidates.
Just about 53% of Kentucky voters cast their ballots towards Constitutional Amendment 2, which might have codified within the state structure that Kentucky doesn’t defend the proper to abortion or require funding for abortion care. The modification, which was almost an identical to the one Kansas voters rejected of their state this summer season, was anticipated to cross in a reliably Republican state that traditionally has opposed abortion. Kentucky is the fourth most anti-abortion state within the nation, following Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama, based on a 2014 Pew Research Center research.
Paul gained towards Democratic challenger Charles Booker handily, with about 62% of votes. Paul was a significant supporter of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade this summer season, and he’s launched several abortion restrictions together with one that may outline life begins at conception.
Of the six Kentucky U.S. House seats, Republicans gained 5; the one Democrat gained in Kentucky’s third District, which incorporates Louisville. Voters additionally voted to maintain Republicans in energy in each chambers of the state legislature, though the bulk ran uncontested.
Tamarra Wieder, Kentucky state director for Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates, instructed HuffPost she wasn’t stunned that many Republican voters crossed social gathering strains on a difficulty like abortion care.
“We really thought that this issue transcended political affiliation and religious identities,” Wieder stated Tuesday evening. “Over 60% of our counties don’t have a practicing OB-GYN. We, in Kentucky, really struggle to get care, and abortion care is healthcare and Kentuckians see it that way.”
“They may align with political leaders for other issues, but on this one, they stand firm with abortion access,” she added.
The modification was redundant to start with as a result of a set off abortion ban went into impact weeks after the repeal of Roe this summer season. The set off legislation is a near-total abortion ban with slender exceptions, together with if the pregnant individual’s well being is at severe threat. There had been solely two abortion clinics in Kentucky earlier than Roe fell. Both supply different reproductive and sexual well being care providers, however neither provides abortion care.
“Anti-choice extremists, take note: from Kansas to Kentucky, there is no state in the union where your policies are popular, and these results tonight prove it,” Mini Timmaraju, NARAL Pro-Choice America President, stated in an announcement. “Abortion is a winning issue because it impacts everybody’s lives, and when Americans are given the simple choice between more freedom or less, they will always choose more.”
Five states together with Kentucky had poll initiatives centered on abortion on Tuesday night. California, Vermont and Michigan voted to incorporate abortion protections of their state constitutions.