People in These Five States Will Vote on Whether Unborn Babies Live or Die, Vote Pro-Life

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Oct 24, 2022   |   5:51PM   |   Washington, DC

Babies’ right to life could be protected or completely stripped away on the ballot in five states this November.

Voters in California, Montana, Michigan, Vermont and Kentucky all will consider abortion-related state ballot measures that will determine the future of rights and protections for babies in the womb for many years to come.

With the exception of Montana, all of the ballot measures are state constitutional amendments that would make it clear if an abortion is a “right.”

In Kentucky, voters will consider the pro-life Amendment 2, which would add language to the Kentucky Constitution stating that aborting unborn babies is not a right and taxpayers should not be forced to pay for abortions. It states: “To protect human life, nothing in this Constitution shall be construed to secure or protect a right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.”

However, the proposed constitutional amendments in California, Michigan and Vermont would do the opposite by establishing an unrestricted “right” to kill unborn babies in abortions.

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Kelly Lester, of the pro-life organization And Then There Were None Ministries, told CBN News that these amendments would put both women’s and unborn babies’ lives at risk.

“By removing any restrictions, which is what they want to do in Michigan and California, it basically makes it a free for all, and so there will be no inspection of abortion facilities, there will be no mandate on the level of care women will be receiving. It makes it a very dangerous thing,” Lester said.

In California, the proposal is Proposition 1, which would enshrine the “right” to abort an unborn baby for any reason up to birth in the California Constitution.

The Michigan measure, Proposal 3, is similar. If it passes, the constitutional amendment would allow the killing of unborn babies in abortions through all nine months of pregnancy and allow underage girls to have abortions without their parents’ knowledge or consent, according to the Citizens to Support Michigan Women and Children, a coalition of state pro-life organizations.

In Vermont, Proposal 5 would put language in the state constitution that says “an individual’s right to personal reproductive autonomy is central to the liberty and dignity to determine one’s own life course and shall not be denied or infringed unless justified by a compelling State interest achieved by the least restrictive means.”

Basically, abortion activists want to keep unlimited, unregulated abortions for any reason up to birth legal in Vermont even if Roe is overturned, according to the Vermont Right to Life Committee.

“… Proposal 5 is reckless and irresponsible, dangerous and expensive as well as morally and ethically wrong,” the pro-life organization said. “The lives of countless unborn babies will be placed at further risk of abortion if Proposal 5 is adopted.”

Meanwhile, voters in Montana will consider a ballot measure that would ensure babies who survive abortions receive medical care and create penalties for doctors who fail to provide care. If it passes, Montana would enact the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act, which requires medical providers to take necessary actions to preserve the life of a baby who survives an abortion.

Some worry that the pro-abortion ballot measures will pass and the pro-life ones will fail after Kansas voters failed to pass a pro-life state constitutional amendment this summer. But pro-life leaders remain hopeful.

“Kansas was a really unique situation where the wording on the ballot was confusing, tens of millions of dollars pouring in and Planned Parenthood going door to door,” Chelsea Youman of Human Coalition told CBN News. “I don’t think it’s indicative of American sentiment. I think Americans understand humans in the womb are alive, and they are alive, and that some lives should be protected.”

Polls consistently show that a strong majority of Americans oppose late-term abortions and do not want their tax dollars to pay for abortions.