Abortion was on the ballot in a number of states in this year’s midterms, and the outcomes varied widely.
In Alabama and West Virginia, women’s rights and access to reproductive healthcare services were severely curtailed as religion seeped into the Alabama state constitution with the approval of a drastic amendment.
On the other end of the spectrum, Oregon voters managed to reject similar attempts at implementing so-called “trigger laws” that will go into effect if and when the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade as many conservatives hope.
In Alabama, fetuses, embryos, and fertilized eggs have gained the constitutionally recognized right to life,
The amendment passed by 19 points and will codify “the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children, including the right to life.”
In West Virginia, a trigger law passed that will prohibit state funding for women’s health clinics that provide abortion services if and when the Supreme Court reverses the Roe v. Wade decision.
Oregon managed to reject a similar proposal, but all three instances are evidence of a disturbing trend: American political factions are becoming more and more polarized in both directions.
Blue states are becoming bluer while red states become redder and all the while the people of the United States move further and further away from any common ground.
The effects of these midterm elections will be felt in many ways for many years to come, and Iron Triangle Press will continue to report on their impact.