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Nurses in 14 States Can Vote on Abortion in the Coming Months

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Updated August 10, 2022 · 4 Min Read

Nurse can advocate for patients by voting for abortion rights at upcoming elections. Find out which states need your vote the most.
Nurses in 14 States Can Vote on Abortion in the Coming Months
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Editor's Note: This article is being updated with new information as it becomes available.

Now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned, states have the power to restrict or ban abortions. Whether you live in states with partial or full abortion bans or in states where abortion is legal, nurses nationwide are affected by the Supreme Court's decision.

In states with partial or full abortion bans, healthcare providers may be charged criminally for performing abortions. In states where abortion is legal, healthcare facilities are already experiencing overwhelming volumes of people seeking abortion care.

One of the most effective ways to advocate for patients is to vote for reproductive rights. Here are 14 states with upcoming elections that will affect the future of abortion rights in your area.

Upcoming Elections on Abortion Nurses Should Know About

Nurses play a crucial role in counseling patients about their options for reproductive health. The decision to overturn Roe v. Wade presents many challenges for nurses and patients — but you may be able to affect change at the polls.

Using their professional platform, nurses can be a voice for patients in the community and by voting. Here are the states with upcoming elections that can make a critical difference in abortion rights.

Kansas

  • Election Results: Voters in Kansas protect legal abortion in the state by rejecting the proposed amendment. More than 534,130 votes, or 58.8% of voters in Kansas, voted "no" to the amendment. Voting "no" withheld the current law, which protects the right to abortion in Kansas.
  • Date: Aug. 2, 2022
  • Issue: Kansas No State Constitutional Right to Abortion and Legislative Power to Regulate Abortion Amendment

Voters will decide if abortion is a constitutional right according to the Kansas Constitution. By voting "yes" to the amendment, voters agree that abortion is not a constitutional right. This will allow lawmakers to pass legislation regulating abortions and eliminating the use of government funds for abortion care.

A "no" vote withholds the current law, which protects abortion rights in Kansas.

Similar to the Dobbs v. Jackson case that initiated the overturning of Roe, the measure questions whether abortions are a constitutional right. Lawmakers in Tennessee, Alabama, West Virginia, and Louisiana have already adopted similar amendments.

Kentucky

  • Date: Nov. 8, 2022
  • Issue: Kentucky Constitutional Amendment 2, the No Right to Abortion in Constitution Amendment

In Kentucky, voters will decide whether to amend the Kentucky Constitution to state that abortion is not a constitutional right and should not be funded by the government. Voting "yes" supports the amendment, and voting "no" opposes it.

Vermont

  • Date: Nov. 8, 2022
  • Issue: Vermont Proposal 5, the Right to Personal Reproductive Autonomy Amendment

If voted upon, an amendment will be added to the Vermont Constitution. The Right to Personal Reproductive Autonomy Amendment will add language that limits government involvement in reproductive rights. A "yes" vote supports the amendment. A "no" vote opposes it.

California

  • Date: Nov. 8, 2022
  • Issue: SCA 10

Californians will vote in November to amend the California Constitution to include the right to abortion. Voting "yes" to SCA 10 will protect and expand reproductive rights in California. Voting "no" opposes the amendment.

California is a sanctuary for abortion-seekers from neighboring states. If SCA 10 passes, it will set a precedent for expanded reproductive rights in other states with partial or full abortion bans.

Arizona

  • Date: November 2024
  • Issue: Arizona Right to Reproductive Freedom Initiative

The initiative was created to add language to the Arizona Constitution, ensuring rights to reproductive freedom. The amendment will not appear on the ballot for the November 2022 election because not enough signatures were received for this year's election cycle. It will be revisited during the 2024 election.

If the initiative is passed into law, abortions will be legal until the point of viability in Arizona.

Michigan

  • Date: Nov. 8, 2022
  • Issue: Michigan Right to Reproductive Freedom Initiative

Voters in Michigan will decide whether the state's constitution confers a right to reproductive freedom. According to one site, the measure would ensure reproductive freedom as "the right to make and carry out decisions without political interference about all matters relating to pregnancy, including birth control, abortion, prenatal care, and childbirth."

Montana

  • Date: Nov. 8, 2022
  • Issue: Montana LR-131, Medical Care Requirements for Born-Alive Infants Measure

Voters in Montana will decide on a ballot measure that discusses the care of born-alive infants. A "yes" vote indicates infants born alive are legal persons and must receive medical care. Violation of this law will incur a penalty of 20 years in prison or a $50,000 fine. A "no" vote opposes the ballot measure.

Colorado

  • Date: *Nov. 8, 2022
  • Issue: Colorado Abortion Ban Initiative (#56)

The ballot initiative seeks to ban abortion in Colorado.

*To appear on the ballot, the measure will need to qualify as an initiated state statute. This requires getting enough signatures by Aug. 8, 2022.

Elections on Abortion Access to Keep an Eye On

The following elections will not occur this fall but are worth watching as laws change across the country. This page will be updated as measures change.

2023 Election Cycle

New York

  • Date: Nov. 7, 2023
  • Issue: New York Equal Protection Amendment

In 2023, voters will decide whether to add an amendment to the New York Constitution that adds language prohibiting discrimination based on reproductive healthcare autonomy, gender identity, and sexual orientation. A "yes" vote agrees to add the amendment; a "no" vote keeps the New York Constitution as is.

If passed, the New York Equal Protection Amendment will be a major step forward in codifying abortion rights. It also sets a precedent for ensuring equal rights for all people seeking healthcare.

Washington

  • Date: Nov. 7, 2023
  • Issue: Washington 15-Week Abortion Ban Initiative

Residents of Washington state will vote to ban and criminalize abortions after 15 weeks. A "yes" vote agrees to repeal existing Washington law, which allows people a right to choose or refuse abortion. A "no" vote ensures reproductive freedom.

If the measure is voted into law, healthcare providers in Washington may be criminally charged for performing an abortion after 15 weeks. There are exceptions for medical emergencies or severe fetal abnormalities.

Pennsylvania

  • Date: 2023
  • Issue: Pennsylvania No Constitutional Right to an Abortion Amendment

Voters will decide whether to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to add language prohibiting the use of taxpayer dollars to fund abortions. A "yes" vote will enact the measure into law, and a "no" vote will allow for the continued use of taxpayer funds for abortion care.

2024 Election Cycle

Iowa

  • Date: Nov. 5, 2024
  • Issue: Iowa No Right to Abortion in Constitution Amendment

The proposed amendment to the Iowa Constitution will add language that denies the constitutional right to abortions or public funding for abortions.

Nevada

  • Date: Nov. 5, 2024
  • Issue: Nevada Parental Notification of Abortion Initiative and Nevada Parental Consent for Child's Healthcare Decisions and Medical Records Access Initiative

The parental notification initiative would require parents to be notified if a minor receives an abortion in Nevada. The parental consent initiative would give parents full access to a minor's medical records and consent to their healthcare decisions. The state of Nevada defines the age of majority as 18 years old.

South Dakota

  • Date: Nov. 5, 2024
  • Issue: South Dakota Right to an Abortion Amendment

The people of South Dakota will vote to make abortions legal with exceptions in 2024. If the measure is voted into law, people will be allowed to get an abortion after the first and second trimesters with regulations. The amendment will include language stating that an abortion must be medically necessary, as determined by a physician.

Sources

Ballotpedia. (2022). https://ballotpedia.org/Main_Page

Chapter 129 - Minors' disabilities judicial emancipation of minors. (2022). https://www.leg.state.nv.us/nrs/nrs-129.html

Learn more: Frequently asked questions. (2022). https://mireproductivefreedom.org/learn-more/

U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade and revokes the constitutional right to abortion. (2022). https://reproductiverights.org/case/scotus-mississippi-abortion-ban/

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