Louisiana voters to decide on abortion rights on November ballot

Posted at 6:19 PM, Oct 06, 2020

Election Day is four weeks away. In addition to the presidential and congressional races, voters across Louisiana will consider seven constitutional amendments.

One of those items touches on a hot-button issue both locally and nationally. The first amendment on the ballot is the "No Right to Abortion” amendment. The amendment was approved last year by the state legislature. It would deny any right to abortion or abortion funding under the state constitution.

It's arguably one of the biggest items on the ballot this November. Many say they’re voting in favor of the amendment passing.

"Even women are saying that this is our right in terms of reproduction but it's so violent against us. I can't imagine why it's still here at this point,” said Jayci Tekell.

Cajun Pro Life member, Jayci Tekell says the proposed amendment is the next step to abolishing abortion in Louisiana.

"The main point of voting yes on the love life amendment is that this is us showing that we value life. We have all these different sources that no one takes into consideration when it comes to being pro-life,” said Tekell.

Others have condemned the proposed amendment. In a statement to KATC, the New Orleans Abortion Fund said the amendment would stigmatize abortion, limiting those with fair access to critical healthcare.

Opinions aside, experts say you should research this and the other amendments before voting.

“Voters should take a really close look at these amendments. The Public Affairs Research Council provides a guide to the amendments. It's free, non-partisan and if you want more information about this amendment or any other amendment, I would go check that out,” said UL Lafayette professor, Pearson Cross.

Election Day is November 3rd.

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