Abortion won big in the November elections, proving that abortion rights retain popular support.
Abortion access received solid support in ballot measures in California, Montana, Michigan, Kentucky and Vermont.
• Michigan: Voters enshrined abortion in the state’s Constitution by passing Proposal 3.
• California: Voters in the Golden State also enshrined abortion in the state’s Constitution with Proposition 1.
• Vermont: Vermonters overwhelmingly supported Article 22, the Reproductive Liberty Amendment, which provides a constitutional protection to abortion.
• Kentucky: In a close race, voters in Kentucky rejected a ballot measure that would have denied any constitutional protections for abortion or abortion funding.
• Montana: Montanans voted down a deceptive abortion ban law that would have criminalized health care providers and limited their care options.
These election results demonstrate what public polls have shown: Abortion access receives overwhelming support across political lines. Freethinkers lead the way with 87 percent supporting abortion in all or most cases, according to Pew Research. A YouGov analysis last spring found that atheists are the most likely to identify as pro-choice, at 91 percent.
While these measures are worth celebrating, there’s much work to be done to protect abortion throughout the country. Most abortions are now banned in at least 13 states, with court battles taking place in these and many other states.