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Two US states vote to deny public abortion funding

Pro-life advocates at the March for Life in Washington in 2016 (CNS)

Two US states have amended their constitutions to reject public funding of abortion.

Voters in West Virginia and Alabama approved pro-life amendments, while a similar measure in Oregon was defeated.

West Virginian voters passed Amendment 1, also known as the “No Right to Abortion Amendment”, by 52 to 48 per cent.

In Alabama, Amendment 2 secured a clear victory with 59 per cent of the vote. That amendment inserts into the state constitution language “to 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 to provide that the constitution of this state does not protect the right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.”

Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life America, said: “Given the chance to influence abortion policy directly, so far tonight voters have embraced life as West Virginia and Alabama already have weighed in with legal protections.”

“In a world after Roe, the voters will finally get to decide what abortion policy they support, and in this election, we saw people getting ready for the day in which Roe becomes a footnote in history,” she said.