Anti-Abortion Constitutional Amendment will be on Louisiana’s Ballot this Fall

On Tuesday, the Louisiana Senate passed a bill (HB 425) that would allow Louisiana voters to decide whether or not to change the state’s constitution to further restrict abortion access at the ballot box this October. The passage of HB 425, also known as the “Love Life Amendment,” means that a constitutional amendment containing explicit language stating that Louisiana citizens do not have a right to abortion will appear on October 12’s ballot along with Louisiana’s gubernatorial election. Louisiana State Representative Katrina Jackson, a Democrat from Monroe and author of the bill said of it: “It would be the people of the state of Louisiana determining what they thought about life.” The proposed amendment would guarantee that nothing in Louisiana’s state constitution either protects a right to abortion or requires public funding of abortion care; this language is similar to Amendment 1 in West Virginia and Amendment 2 in Alabama, both of which passed on their respective state ballots during November 2018’s midterm elections. As is the case with Louisiana’s trigger ban, the constitutional amendment would not have any tangible effect on abortion rights unless the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. This soon-to-be amendment is yet another mechanism […]

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