A ballot question, known as the “Value Them Both Amendment,” asked voters to decide whether the state’s Constitution should continue to protect abortion rights.
A “yes” vote on the measure would remove from the state Constitution the right to an abortion and hand the issue back to the state legislature.
A “no” vote on the measure would make no changes, keeping abortion rights enshrined in the state Constitution.
Supporters of abortion rights warned that approval of the ballot measure would almost certainly result in the elimination or curtailment of existing rights in a state that has more lenient laws on its books compared to many of its neighbors.
Abortion rights advocates supported a “no” vote on the measures, which makes no changes to the status quo.
On the eve of the vote, voters reportedly received misleading text messages telling them a “yes” vote would protect the right to an abortion, however.
Abortion rights proponents have argued that with Roe gone, the stakes are far too high to put the issue in the hands of state GOP lawmakers. »