Do voters ever get a direct say on questions related to a woman's right to choose? In many states, the answer is yes. Anti-choice groups often try to put measures on the ballot. If these measures qualify, they appear as questions that go directly before voters.
Upcoming Ballot Measures
In 2014, voters in Tennessee will vote on an amendment that would eliminate protections in Tennessee's constitution that guarantee women the right to privacy.
Previous Ballot Measures
North Dakota Measure 3
On June 12, North Dakota voters rejected Measure 3. The initiative was officially called the "Religious Liberties Restoration Amendment," but it was so broad that it could have allowed anybody to do (or refuse to do) just about anything as long as they claimed to be motivated by a "sincerely held religious belief."
Montana LR 120
Unfortunately, Montana voters approved an anti-choice parental-notification mandate. LR 120 will require physicians to give 48 hours’ notice to a young woman’s parent before she can access abortion services. This measure is so extreme that it provides no exception for rape or incest, which could put some young women in serious danger. We will continue to work with NARAL Pro-Choice Montana to support young women in the state and ensure their access to family-planning services and abortion care.
Florida Amendment 6
In 2012, voters in Florida rejected an amendment that would have eliminated protections in Florida's constitution that guarantee women the right to privacy. Florida voters also voted on a vague and far-reaching measure that could allow employers to deny their employees basic health-insurance coverage.
Albuquerque Ban on Later Abortion
Pro-choice voters in Albuquerque, NM, came together to defeat the 20-week abortion ban ballot measure in their city. Anti-choice extremists aligned with Operation Rescue were pushing the dangerous abortion ban measure, the first of its kind at the municipal level.