Abortion was on the ballot in Alabama–and it resulted in one of the biggest pro-life victories in recent memory.
Alabama voted on Tuesday to uphold the “sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children” in their state constitution, and make it clear that there’s no constitutional “right” to abortion.
The amendment also expands legal rights for unborn children, stating that the amendment will “declare and otherwise affirm that it is the public policy of this state to recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children, most importantly the right to life in all manners and measures appropriate and lawful; and… provide that the constitution of this state does not protect the right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.”
However, because of Roe v. Wade, the amendment won’t actually have an impact right away. Abortion is still legal in Alabama under federal law.
But the controversial Roe decision is expected to fall–or, at least, be severely weakened–thanks to a pro-life majority on the U.S. Supreme Court, after the appointment of Justice Brett Kavanaugh.