On election day, over 1.2 million people in Louisiana voted yes on Amendment One- which aims to ensure nothing in the state constitution protects the right to abortion.
With Roe v. Wade still federal law, some people are unsure about what will happen next.
Vote No on 1 member Corinne Chandler says the fight to keep abortion rights in Louisiana isn’t over yet.
“Abortion is still legal, nothing changes, this law is just in place to make it more difficult if Roe were ever overturned,” Chandler said.
While some are unhappy about the results of the election regarding the amendment, others like freshman Evan Ransonet thinks this is a step in the right direction.
“I believe that it’s a good path to take for our state and knowing that most people who live around me, we all agree with each other. It’s a very strong subject, and I’m glad we had the chance to discuss it,” said Ransonet.
The concern for Roe v. Wade being overturned has increased over recent months, especially after the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Chandler explains what were to happen if it was overturned.
“Amendment one is what’s called a trigger law, so if Roe v. Wade were ever overturned in the Supreme Court, at the federal level, then it would refer to the states and what the states say. So, our state now says that there is no right to abortion even in cases of rape, incest or medical necessity,” Chandler said.
The country can expect abortion to continue to be a popular topic in the coming months.