While some states are still counting ballots to determine who will occupy the White House in January, many other races have been called. Voters in Louisiana, for example, passed a pro-life amendment to the state constitution that reads: “Nothing in this constitution shall be construed to secure or protect a right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.”
The amendment passed by a vote of 62.06 percent to 37.94 percent.
State Senator Katrina Jackson, a pro-life Democrat, co-authored the amendment and introduced it in 2019. While in the Louisiana House of Representatives, she co-authored a bill that would have required abortionists in the state to obtain admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles. Then-governor Bobby Jindal signed the measure into law, but the U.S. Supreme Court eventually struck it down.
“To God be the Glory!!!,” Senator Jackson tweeted. “Amendment #1 Passed and District Attorney Steve Tew won!!! I’m grateful to God!!!”
Senator Jackson wrote in October that the amendment “is not a ban on abortion. It simply keeps abortion policy in the hands of our legislators rather than state judges. If Amendment 1 passes, our Legislature would still have the ability to modify any state abortion law. Therefore, Amendment 1 has nothing to do with commonly debated exceptions to abortion. All of those matters can still be handled in the state legislative process.”