Kentucky voters shot down Constitutional Amendment 2, which would have denied abortion access in the Commonwealth by enshrining the measure in the state’s constitution.
The move has puzzled political analysts, as the issue of blocking abortion access has been a mainstay in the Republican platform for decades. Now, it appears to be the one issue voters from both parties are united.
Roughly 53% of Kentucky voters rejected the ballot measure, according to results from the Kentucky Secretary of State.
In Northern Kentucky, Boone County was the only one to approve the measure, 51% to 49%.
Campbell County voted to reject Amendment 2, 57% to 43%, and Kenton County rejected the measure 54% to 46%.
While the amendment’s defeat at the polls is a significant victory for abortion rights groups, it has no effect on Kentucky’s current abortion laws, especially if Kentucky’s abortion law survives its state Supreme Court case.
In the eyes of those celebrating the failed amendment, Tuesday’s results mean the door to abortion access has not completely closed.
“Earlier this year, extremist lawmakers turned their back on Kentuckians, and voted to strip us of our right to abortion. But tonight, Kentucky voters made it clear: We won’t back down when politicians try to come for our right to control our own bodies and our futures. Widespread support for abortion redefined this election up and down the ballot. Together, we defeated Amendment 2, and together we will take back control of our state legislature,” Kentucky State Director for Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates Tamarra Wieder said.
Kentucky Right to Life Executive Director Addia Wuchner said they are “disappointed” but still “motivated.”
“The overturning of Roe showed us how much work remains to protect the right to life in Kentucky and across the country. We are ready to do that work,” Wuchner said. “Today, we are disappointed. But tomorrow, we will be motivated. This work is too important to quit, and we look forward to the next phase of prolife advocacy in Kentucky.”