Senate Scorecards for Battleground States in the 2018 Midterm Elections
Ballot Initiatives in the 2018 Midterm Elections
Alongside the numerous Senate, House of Representatives, Governor and local races to concentrate on this Election Day, voters in 37 states will also decide 155 statewide ballot measures in November 2018.
While most of those initiatives concentrate on various issues such as Election measures, marijuana policy, taxes and Medicaid expansion, there are measures in three states concerning abortion access and abortion funding.
Alabama: This state constitutional amendment, Alabama Amendment 2, seeks to make it state policy to “recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children, including the right to life” and to state that no provisions of the constitution provide a right to an abortion or require funding of abortions. State Rep. Matt Fridy (R-72), who sponsored this amendment in the legislature, said that its purpose was to ensure that nothing in the state constitution could be used to argue for a right to abortion in the event that Roe v. Wade was overturned.
Oregon: The Beaver State has Measure 106, an initiative put on the ballot through a citizen initiative petition. The Oregon Ban Public Funds for Abortions Initiative seeks to prohibit public funds from being spent on abortions in the state, except when medically necessary or required by federal law. Oregon Right to Life PAC wrote in the state Voters’ Pamphlet, “Oregon is the only state with absolutely no restrictions on abortion. Abortion is legal until birth in Oregon. This means taxpayers are funding horrifically painful late-term abortions. Late-term abortions have been medically proven to cause the unborn child pain as he or she is slowly removed from the mother limb by limb. This terrible practice is legal and the abortionists are well paid by the taxpayers.”
West Virginia: West Virginia Amendment 1, the No Right to Abortion in Constitution Measure, is on the ballot in West Virginia as a legislatively referred constitutional amendment. The amendment would add Section 57 to Article VI of the West Virginia Constitution to say “Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of abortion.” If Roe v. Wade were overturned, this amendment would ensure that the state’s constitution could not be used to allow abortions.