October 30, 2020

Louisiana Voters to Decide Whether to Exclude "Right to Abortion" from State's Constitution

California State Sen.
Katrina Jackson (D)
On Louisiana ballots, there is a constitutional amendment authored by a pro-life Democrat which, if passed, would ensure that no "right to abortion," publicly funded or otherwise, is found in the state's constitution.

State Senator Katrina Jackson authored Amendment 1, otherwise known as the “Love Life Amendment,” which would update the Louisiana Constitution to state “nothing in this constitution shall be construed to secure or protect a right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.”

Jackson wrote in an op-ed that the goal of this amendment is to ensure that Louisiana courts could not circumvent pro-life legislation by finding a right to abortion in the state's constitution. This will be particularly important if pro-abortion decisions are overturned from the Supreme Court level.

“It’s important to understand that Amendment 1 is not a ban on abortion. It simply keeps abortion policy in the hands of our legislators rather than state judges,” Jackson wrote.

The state already has a "trigger law" on the books that would immediately ban abortion if the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

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