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In It to Win It

(8,654 posts)
Sun Jun 23, 2024, 01:36 AM Jun 23

Abortion access has won when it's been on the ballot. That's not an option for half the states

Abortion access has won when it's been on the ballot. That’s not an option for half the states


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Tucked inside the West Virginia Statehouse is a copy of a petition to lawmakers with a simple request: Let the voters decide whether to reinstate legal access to abortion.

The request has been ignored by the Republican lawmakers who have supermajority control in the Legislature and banned abortions in the state in 2022, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a constitutional right to the procedure.

The petition, with more than 2,500 signatures, is essentially meaningless given the current makeup of the Legislature. But it illustrates the frustratingly limited options millions of Americans face in trying to re-establish abortion rights as the country marks the two-year anniversary since the Supreme Court's ruling.

West Virginia is among the 25 states that do not allow citizen initiatives or constitutional amendments on a statewide ballot, an avenue of direct democracy that has allowed voters to circumvent their legislatures and preserve abortion and other reproductive rights in a number of states over the past two years.

Republicans there have repeatedly dismissed the idea of placing an abortion-rights measure before voters, which in West Virginia is a step only lawmakers can take.
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Abortion access has won when it's been on the ballot. That's not an option for half the states (Original Post) In It to Win It Jun 23 OP
We badly need a federal law protecting access to abortion. Lonestarblue Jun 23 #1
K&R Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Jun 23 #2
abortion is always in the ballot...based on voting for representatives. Dems have to make people aware BlueWaveNeverEnd Jun 23 #3

Lonestarblue

(10,729 posts)
1. We badly need a federal law protecting access to abortion.
Sun Jun 23, 2024, 06:40 AM
Jun 23

I’m hoping Democrats hold the Senate majority and take back the House with Biden winning. Such a law would require eliminating the filibuster, but with Manchin and Sinema out, Democrats might be willing to do that for such an important need.

BlueWaveNeverEnd

(8,736 posts)
3. abortion is always in the ballot...based on voting for representatives. Dems have to make people aware
Sun Jun 23, 2024, 09:16 PM
Jun 23

that their votes for senator, congressperson, assembly, council person on down... are votes on abortion

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