Louisiana voters passed an amendment to their state constitution Tuesday evening establishing that there is no constitutional right to abortion in the Bayou State.
Amendment 1, otherwise known as the “Love Life Amendment,” reads: “To protect human life, nothing in this constitution shall be construed to secure or protect a right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.”
The measure passed by a 62%-38% margin, according to The Associated Press.
State Sen. Katrina Jackson, a pro-life Democrat who sponsored the amendment, said she wants to protect her state from being forced to accept abortion on demand.
“This amendment makes sure there is no right to abortion or taxpayer funding of abortion in our state constitution,” Jackson said when she introduced the bill. “By passing this, we can rest assured that, together with our state law, we will never become like New York, which recently legalized abortion up to the very moment before birth.”
As to why the amendment appeared on the ballot, she said: “We … believe that our people should have a say in this.”
Following the results announcement, Lila Rose, president of the pro-life organization Live Action, commended the state for its pro-life stance.
“Historic. Go Louisiana!! May every state follow your lead!” she posted on Facebook.
Benjamin Clapper, executive director of Louisiana Right to Life, also applauded voters, saying residents showed their “love for mothers and babies.”
“With the passage of this amendment, our citizens have mandated that state judges can never use our constitution to enshrine abortion or the taxpayer funding of abortion in Louisiana,” he said. “We the people, through our legislators, can pass laws defending life without the intervention of judges.
“We encourage other states to pass their own version of the Love Life Amendment,” Clapper added. “For too long, activist judges around the nation have usurped the power of state legislatures and declared a right to abortion-on-demand. It’s time we changed this in every state across America.”
In 2006, Louisiana passed a “trigger law” that would automatically ban all abortions if Roe v. Wade were to fall. Now with the passage of the Love Life Amendment, it will be more difficult for people to challenge the trigger law if it were to take effect.