Kentucky voters rejected a pro-life constitutional amendment designed to ensure the ban on abortion in the Bluegrass State.
The amendment was a measure on Tuesday’s election ballot.
Following this summer’s overturn of Roe v. Wade, several conservative states have completely outlawed abortion, in some cases without the exception for rape or incest.
When they stepped into the ballot box, Kentucky voters were asked the question, “To protect human life, nothing in this Constitution shall be construed to secure or protect a right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.”
Pro-abortion activists are celebrating the rejection of the measure as a “huge win.”
Fox News reports that Rachel Sweet of Protect Kentucky Access, a pro-abortion activist group, called the proposed amendment “government overreach” into the lives and medical decisions of Kentucky citizens.
The Family Foundation, a Christian pro-life group, said they were “disappointed” with the outcome of the measure but will continue to fight for life.
“While we are disappointed in the results of Amendment 2, the pro-life movement in Kentucky and across the nation is steadfast in its resolve to continue defending life,” Family Foundation executive director David Walls said in a statement. “Kentucky’s laws protecting preborn children remain in place and Kentuckians have returned large, pro-life legislative majorities to the General Assembly.”
Even though the amendment’s failure can be seen as a win for pro-choicers, it will have no real effect on making abortion more accessible in the state.
There are only two abortion clinics left in Kentucky.