Abortion activists spent millions of dollars in false television ads to defeat a pro-life amendment in kentucky last night, but the good news is abortion is still banned in the Bluegrass State and babies are being saved.
The Kentucky ballot question had asked voters if they wanted to amend the constitution to say: “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.”
Abortion advocacy groups dumped millions of dollars into Kentucky to persuade voters to reject the state constitutional amendment.
On the ballot yesterday, Amendment 2 would clarify that there is no right to an abortion in the Kentucky Constitution. The state already protects unborn babies by banning abortions, but the amendment would prevent future court rulings from striking down its pro-life laws.
The amendment lost 52.5-47.5 because out-of-state abortion groups have donated millions of dollars to Project Kentucky Access, the campaign opposing the amendment. Campaign finance reports showed the pro-abortion group raised $5.2 million compared to $952,000 for the pro-life Yes for Life campaign.
Although abortion advocates are bragging about the victory, it has virtually no effect on the state of abortion in Kentucky, and the state is still free of abortion businesses.
The Family Foundation, a faith-based organization opposed to abortion, said Wednesday that “the fight for the unborn” will continue.
“While we are disappointed in the results of Amendment 2, the pro-life movement in Kentucky and across the nation, is steadfast in its resolve to continue defending life,” David Walls, the group’s executive director, said in a written statement. “Kentucky’s laws protecting preborn children remain in place and Kentuckians have returned large, pro-life legislative majorities to the General Assembly.”
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Pro-abortion groups frequently outspend pro-life organizations on elections as many news outlets have reported in recent years. Addia Wuchner, executive director of Kentucky Right to Life and Yes for Life chairwoman noted that before the vote.
“We’re watching a flood of money, not Kentucky money, not Kentucky voters, but money coming in from New York, Massachusetts to affect this policy on the ballot,” Wuchner said. She pointed out that state lawmakers passed pro-life laws because they heard “from their constituents, … not outside money influencing the vote.”
Donations to the pro-abortion campaign include $500,000 each from the Advocacy Action Fund of Menlo Park in California; the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropy of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and the Sixteen Thirty Fund, of Washington, D.C., according to the Courier Journal.
Several Planned Parenthood affiliates, the American Civil Liberties Union and New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg also donated, the report states.
In comparison, almost all the funding for the Yes for Life campaign has come from within the state, including from the Catholic Conference of Kentucky, the Kentucky Baptist Convention, Kentucky Right to Life and the Family Foundation of Kentucky, according to the report.
The amendment result clearly didn’t truly reflect where Kentucky residents stand on abortion.
A recent Civiqs poll found 53 percent of Kentucky voters believe abortions should be illegal in most or all cases, compared to 43 percent who believe abortions should be legal in most or all cases.
Its pro-life laws forced the two abortion facilities in the state, Planned Parenthood and EMW Clinic in Louisville, to stop aborting unborn babies, saving thousands of lives. Approximately 4,000 unborn babies were aborted every year in the state.