Abortion 2022

I really don’t want to fall into the conspiracy theorist bucket, but I was thinking. what exactly was the catalyst that drove the Supreme Court to overturn Roe vs. Wade? I tried researching the percentage of Americans that are pro-choice – what I found was quite interesting, NPR – indicated 39% of those surveyed were pro-choice; CNBC indicated 55% of folk surveyed were pro-choice and PewResearch reported 61% of those surveyed were pro-choice. If you listen to the news it sounds like the majority of folk in the US have participated in the survey and are pro-choice. Nonetheless, some folk find it appalling that the majority of decision-makers across various states regarding a woman’s body are men! With that said, I’m concerned about what is the primary motivating factor for men to make such a decision and reverse the decision.

What The Ruling Said

In his majority opinion, Justice Samuel Alito, a Republican appointee by George Bush, explained that this right simply never existed. “Abortion presents a profound moral question,” he wrote. “The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion.” Roe, he wrote, wasn’t simply wrong — it was so wrong as to amount to an “abuse of judicial authority.”

Conspiracy Theories

(1) If laws are not changed based on the census of the majority – then perhaps they are changed or established by those with deep pockets, like the top twenty corporations in America.

(1a) Or, perhaps within one of those top twenty corporations there is a man (with deep pockets and a huge backing) that was emotionally destroyed by his wife/girlfriend or daughter who opted to terminate her pregnancy.

(1b) Or perhaps there is a woman within one of those organizations whose husband had an extramarital affair that resulted in an abortion being performed… naa that can’t be it.

JudgePosition
Samuel Alito (2006)Roe was egregiously wrong from the start
Clarence Thomas (1991)refused to state an opinion
Neil Gorsuch (2017)refused to take a position
Brett Kavanaugh (2018)Judges do not make decisions to reach a preferred result
Amy Coney Barrett (2020)declined to say outright
John Roberts (2005)declined to comment on Roe beyond saying he believed it was “settled as a precedent of the court.”
Note:Trump vowed during his presidential campaign to put “pro-life justices on the court” with the explicit goal of overturning Roe.

 

By State

Note: The list below automatically compiles all potential and certified ballot measures being tracked by Ballotpedia.

Alabama

  1. Alabama Amendment 2, State Abortion Policy Amendment (2018)

Alaska

  1. Alaska Measure 6, Prohibit Public Funds for Abortions Initiative (1982)
  2. Alaska Ballot Measure 2, Parental Notification of Abortion Initiative (August 2010)

Arizona

  1. Arizona Proposition 110, Abortion Ban and Prohibit Public Funds Initiative (1992)

Arkansas

  1. Arkansas Amendment 3, Prohibit Public Funds for Abortions and State Policy Initiative (1988)
  2. Arkansas Amendment 65, Prohibit Public Funds for Abortions and State Policy Initiative (1986)

California

  1. California Proposition 73, Parental Notification of Abortion Initiative (2005)
  2. California Proposition 85, Parental Notification of Abortion Initiative (2006)
  3. California Proposition 4, Parental Notification of Abortion Initiative (2008)
  4. California Proposition 1, Right to Reproductive Freedom Amendment (2022)

Colorado

  1. Colorado Initiative 7, Repeal Prohibition on Public Funds for Abortions Amendment (1988)
  2. Colorado Initiative 3, Prohibit Public Funds for Abortions Initiative (1984)
  3. Colorado Initiative 12, Parental Notification of Abortion Measure (1998)
  4. Colorado Initiative 11, “Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act” Initiative (1998)
  5. Colorado Initiative 25, Physicians to Communicate Certain Information on Abortion, Waiting Period, and Written Consent Measure (2000)
  6. Colorado Initiative 48, Definition of Person Amendment (2008)
  7. Colorado Initiative 62, Definition of Person Amendment (2010)
  8. Colorado Amendment 67, Definition of Person Initiative (2014)
  9. Colorado Proposition 115, 22-Week Abortion Ban Initiative (2020)

Florida

  1. Florida Amendment 1, Parental Notification of Abortion Measure (2004)
  2. Florida Amendment 6, State Constitution Interpretation and Prohibit Public Funds for Abortions Amendment (2012)
  3. Florida Right to Life of Preborn Individual Initiative (2024)

Iowa

  1. Iowa No Right to Abortion in Constitution Amendment (2024)

Kansas

  1. Kansas No State Constitutional Right to Abortion and Legislative Power to Regulate Abortion Amendment (August 2022)

Kentucky

  1. Kentucky Constitutional Amendment 2, No Right to Abortion in Constitution Amendment (2022)

Louisiana

  1. Louisiana Amendment 1, No Right to Abortion in Constitution Amendment (2020)

Maine

  1. Maine Question 1, “Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act” Initiative (1999)

Maryland

  1. Maryland Question 6, Changes to Abortion Law Referendum (1992)

Massachusetts

  1. Massachusetts Question 1, No State Constitutional Right to Abortion and Legislative Power to Regulate Abortion Amendment (1986)

Michigan

  1. Michigan Proposal B, Abortion Legalization to 20 Weeks Initiative (1972)
  2. Michigan Proposal A, Prohibit Public Funds for Abortions for Public Assistance Recipients Referendum (1988)
  3. Michigan Proposal 3, Right to Reproductive Freedom Initiative (2022)

Mississippi

  1. Mississippi Initiative 26, Definition of Person Amendment (2011)

Montana

  1. Montana LR-120, Parental Notification of Abortion Measure (2012)
  2. Montana LR-131, Medical Care Requirements for Born-Alive Infants Measure (2022)

Nevada

  1. Nevada Question 7, Abortion Legal to 24 Weeks Statute Referendum (1990)
  2. Nevada Parental Notification of Abortion Initiative (2024)
  3. Nevada Parental Consent for Child’s Healthcare Decisions and Medical Records Access Initiative (2024)

New York

  1. New York Equal Protection of Law Amendment (2023)

North Dakota

  1. North Dakota Measure 1, Abortion Legalization to 20 Weeks Initiative (1972)
  2. North Dakota Measure 1, Right to Life of Humans at Any Stage of Development Amendment (2014)

Oregon

  1. Oregon Measure 8, Abortion Ban Initiative (1990)
  2. Oregon Measure 43, Parental Notification of Abortion Initiative (2006)
  3. Oregon Measure 10, Parental Notification of Abortion Initiative (1990)
  4. Oregon Measure 7, Prohibit Public Funds for Abortions Initiative (1978)
  5. Oregon Measure 6, Prohibit Public Funds for Abortions Initiative (1986)
  6. Oregon Measure 106, Ban Public Funds for Abortions Initiative (2018)

Pennsylvania

  1. Pennsylvania No State Constitutional Right to Abortion Amendment (2023)

Rhode Island

  1. Rhode Island Question 14, Constitutional Right to Life and Abortion Prohibited Amendment (1986)

South Dakota

  1. South Dakota Initiative 11, Abortion Ban Measure (2008)
  2. South Dakota Referendum 6, Abortion Ban Measure (2006)
  3. South Dakota Right to Abortion Amendment (2024)

Tennessee

  1. Tennessee Amendment 1, No State Constitutional Right to Abortion and Legislative Power to Regulate Abortion Amendment (2014)

Vermont

  1. Vermont Right to Personal Reproductive Autonomy Amendment (2022)

Washington

  1. Washington Initiative 694, “Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act” Measure (1998)
  2. Washington Initiative 120, Abortion Legal to Fetal Viability Measure (1991)
  3. Washington Initiative 471, Prohibit Public Funds for Abortions Measure (1984)
  4. Washington Referendum 20, Abortion Legalization to Four Months Measure (1970)
  5. Washington 15-Week Abortion Ban Initiative (2023)
  6. Washington Age of Consent to Receive Certain Health Services and Abortion Initiative (2023)

West Virginia

  1. West Virginia Amendment 1, No Right to Abortion in Constitution Measure (2018)

Wyoming

  1. Wyoming Initiative 1, Abortion Ban Measure (1994)

Source: Abortion on the ballot. (n.d.). Ballotpedia. https://ballotpedia.org/Abortion_on_the_ballot

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Author: MsConcerned

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