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States protect abortion on Election Day

Voters in Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia and other states voted to protect abortion rights last month
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Abortion rights supporters in Columbus, Ohio celebrate winning the referendum on the rights to abortion in Ohio’s Constitution, on Nov. 7, 2023.

Starting on Dec. 7 of this year Ohio has recently passed a law to protect abortion rights and make it more accessible. As of this moment Kentucky has also re-elected a new democratic Governor Andy Beshear.

Statistics shown by the New York Times The colored parts of Ohio represent yes or no, the blue parts being meaning “Yes, protect abortion rights.” The red parts meaning “No, don’t protect abortion rights.”

The percentage of blue was a total of 56.6%, those places being Columbus, Cleveland, Akron, Toledo, Dayton and also Cincinnati. Also some parts that surround those cities in Ohio. Then the rest of the part of Ohio was red and the total of that was 43.4%. Virginia elected more democrats because they wanted to reduce Youngkin’s power.

Many things are now changing in Ohio, Kentucky and Virginia. In Ohio the criminalization of an abortion is after a heartbeat is detected.

“The disinformation and misinformation — that is a hallmark of the Ohio Republican Party,” Democratic Rep. Emilia Sykes, the former Ohio House minority leader, said at a recent rally according to The 19th News. “They have been doing this for a very long time. They cannot win on their own merits — they have to cheat to win.”

It has been mentioned about the confusion about the process of abortion. Many people stated that this would go against the amendment that it would allow abortions throughout the nine months of pregnancy. But in actuality the amendment allows abortion until there is a heartbeat detected, a total of 90% of abortions are before 12 weeks of pregnancy. Rarely ever is there an abortion much later in pregnancy.

“Just under 30% — 28.4% — said they supported it, while a shade under 17% said they were ‘unsure,’” a spokesperson for Beshear’s campaign told the Herald Leader, adding that the poll shows “voters oppose this extreme ban with no exceptions and politicians like Daniel Cameron who support it.”

Andy Besher had a total of 52.54% of votes for Kentucky governor, and his competitor Daniel Cameron had a total of 47.46%.

“Our victory on Tuesday allows us to work with these majorities to advance a constitutional amendment that will be on Virginia’s ballot in 2026 when we keep an abortion-rights majority in 2025,” Jamie Lockhart told the Virginia Mercury News, executive director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia.”

In the state of Virginia, the constitutional amendments have been passed out by the General assembly for two years into the world. Meaning that the General assembly has passed abortion rights amendment in 2025 and 2026.

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