Voters in West Virginia and Alabama had the power to decide about the future of abortions in their states, and they chose life.
On Tuesday, both states passed constitutional amendments that affirm there is no right to kill unborn babies in abortions. These amendments are important for current and future abortion laws, especially in the event that the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.
The Alabama constitutional amendment, which passed by 60 percent, says the state will “recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children.”
In West Virginia, voters approved their pro-life amendment by 52 percent. It states, “Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion.” The amendment will pave the way for the state to stop taxpayer-funded elective abortions.
These victories are just one example of how Americans want more protections for unborn babies and, given the choice, they will vote for them.
The abortion giant Planned Parenthood and its allies spent millions of dollars to defeat the amendments and misled voters with wacky claims. In Alabama, abortion activists claimed women could be punished for miscarriages and infertility treatments if the amendment passed. They even went so far as to call the amendment “anti-family.” In West Virginia, they claimed the amendment would put women’s lives at risk.
But voters saw through the rhetoric and voted to protect the unborn.
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It’s interesting, because these victories also exposed the lie that most Americans support abortion on demand. Planned Parenthood repeatedly has claimed that most Americans support Roe v. Wade, but that’s not what the evidence shows. Most Americans oppose most abortions, and it’s evident in election victories and consistent polling through the years. Take also, for example, how voters have elected pro-life state legislatures that have passed a record number of pro-life laws in the past decade.
It is a few activist judges, not public opinion, that the abortion industry relies on to keep abortion on demand legal in America. Citing Roe v. Wade, activist judges have blocked many of these life-saving laws in the past several years.
But hope is growing for the future of unborn babies in America. The U.S. now has a president who has promised to appoint pro-life judges, a Republican-majority U.S. Senate to confirm those judges, and a conservative-majority U.S. Supreme Court. And with states like Alabama and West Virginia preparing for the day when Roe is overturned, there is more hope for unborn babies than ever before.