Here is some good news for those searching desperately for any. Louisiana voters overwhelming passed a bipartisan amendment declaring that there is no right to abortion in the Louisiana Constitution.
This does not make abortion illegal in Louisiana, because Roe v. Wade is still the law of the land. What it does do is allow the people of Louisiana to determine abortion policy in their state without the risk of a judge “finding” a right to abortion in their state Constitution to overturn those policies, as has happened in 13 other states when those states attempted to restrict abortion by legislation. In those states, a judge or judges simply found a right to abortion in those states’ Constitutions and declared the laws unconstitutional.
The effort to pass Amendment 1, the Love Life Amendment, to the Louisiana Constitution was spearheaded by Katrina Jackson (pictured above), a pro-life Democrat and State Senator. She wrote a letter to The Advocate, a Louisiana newspaper, explaining what Amendment 1 will do, will not do, and why it is important.
A handful of states have been preparing for the possibility of Roe being overturned by either keeping abortion bans on the books or passing abortion bans that would become effective if Roe were overturned.
States that continue to have abortion bans on the books that would become enforceable should Roe be overturned are: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
States that have passed legislation to ban abortion that would become effective if Roe is overturned are: Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Utah.
If you’re one of those conservatives who don’t like Trump, believe me, I get it. Still, there is no denying that he has been the most pro-life President since Roe v. Wade. There’s also no denying that a Biden-Harris White House (or is it Harris-Biden? I can’t keep it straight. Neither, it seems, can they!) will be the most pro-abortion administration in our history. Biden will certainly rescind the Mexico City policy, which prevents US funds being used for international aid organizations that counsel for abortion, refer for abortion, expand abortion services, or seek to decriminalize abortion. Biden now opposes the Hyde Amendment, which bans federal funds for being used for abortion. Biden has also said he will sue the Little Sisters of the Poor (again!) in order to force them to pay for birth control and abortion in their insurance. As well, under the Obama-Biden administration, the federal government denied federal funding to aid organizations that were opposed to abortion.
In the midst of so much confusion and division and concern about what the future holds, we can take some respite that sanity and bipartisan respect for life still lives somewhere. Three cheers for Louisiana!
Be Christ for all. Bring Christ to all. See Christ in all.