Details via CNN:
Voters in two states weighed in on abortion rights on Election Day.
Louisiana voters decided to amend the state’s constitution by adding language that expressly states the document offers no protections for a right to abortion or the funding of abortion, and Colorado voters rejected a ban on abortion beginning at 22 weeks of pregnancy, according to CNN projections.
The results come as the national fight over the future of abortion law in the US intensifies, and Republicans deepened the conservative tilt of the US Supreme Court last month with the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and President Donald Trump sparred on the topic in September, with the former vice president arguing that Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark Supreme Court case legalizing abortion, was “on the ballot” in 2020.
Louisiana voters approved Proposed Amendment No. 1 by 62% to 38%, according to CNN projections.
Should Roe be overturned, the amendment would prevent the state courts from declaring abortion restrictions unconstitutional at the state level.
The state isn’t the first to amend its constitution this way — Alabama and West Virginia did so in 2018, as did Tennessee in 2014.