Understanding Amendment 1

On November 3, 2020, a proposed Constitutional Amendment (Amendment 1) will be on the ballot. 

 

If passed, it would add language to our state's constitution stating: “to protect human life, a right to abortion and the funding of abortion shall not be found in the Louisiana Constitution.”

 

Lift Louisiana opposes ths amendment because:

 

  • If the US Supreme Court overturns or weakens Roe v. Wade, this Amendment would let Louisiana ban abortion completely, even in cases of rape and incest. 
  • This amendment would most hurt those who already face barriers to getting good care: people of color, women, the LGBTQ community, people with low incomes, and young people. Access to abortion should not depend on who you are, where you live, or how much money you make.
  • Our state’s constitution is too important to permanently change it to suit the whims of today’s politicians. The constitution should protect affirm people's rights, not to take them away.
  • No matter what you think about abortion, politicians shouldn’t be in charge of deciding when and how you become a parent.

Amendment 1 is bad for Louisiana and Louisanans. Women and those who can become pregnant make up over 50% of jobholders in Louisiana. Restrictive abortion-bans like Amendment 1 would force pregnant Louisianans out of the region altogether to access necessary health care--an expense few pregnant people can afford. Moreover, the passage of Amendment 1 will increase the number of people jailed or hurt in their attempt to self-end a pregnancy.

Women’s issues are on the ballot. “A majority of college-educated women–-56%––say they would not apply to a job in a state that has recently banned abortion and 86% of women state that controlling if and when to have children has been important to their careers. This is an issue that impacts women and people who care about women, and they will vote on it.

Louisianans support personal freedom. Louisianans believe that people have the right to make their own decisions about their bodies. Internal research proves that voters don’t support Amendment 1 once they learn about the burden it poses for Louisiana families. 

 

Louisianans are deeply concerned about the economic crisis looming in the wake of COVID-19. One-in-three Louisianans are facing eviction in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and tens of thousands of Louisianans have lost their employment. Even before COVID, almost one-in-five Louisianans lived below the federal poverty line. 

 

Overall, Louisianans aren’t energized to restrict  abortion access––not even those who consider themselves religious. What are the issues on the top of Louisianans minds: the economy; COVID, policing, and health care to name a few. Constituents care deeply about their and their families’ safety, health care, homes and wallets, not restricting their neighbor’s access to health care.  

 

Find out more about abortion access in Louisiana by registering for Lift's Abortion Access Seminar Series

 

Learn more about Louisiana for Personal Freedoms, the campaign to defeat the Amendment 1