As election day approaches, voters are taking notice of the amendments on the ballot this year, not just the candidates. Student-led groups at LSU have formed to advocate both for and against amendment one on the Louisiana ballot.
The proposed amendment would make sure nothing in the Louisiana constitution could be used to protect a right to abortion.
The amendment comes at a time when abortion is a popular topic in the country, as pro-life Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is going through confirmation hearings, which some fear could put the Roe v. Wade abortion case in danger of being overturned.
Pro-choice student activists at LSU have formed a group to advocate for voting no on the amendment.
“I think that the government doesn’t need to be involved in individual healthcare decisions. I think that the constitution is in place to give you rights and provide you rights instead of taking them away,” said Corinne Chandler, a member of Vote No LSU.
Pro-choice students weren’t the only ones to take action involving the amendment. Pro-life activists at LSU have formed a group of their own to advocate for voting yes.
“This amendment is just going to establish in Louisiana, in our constitution, that we are a pro-life state. That’s why I’m voting yes because I don’t want Louisiana to have to force people to pay taxes on abortion,” said Molly Gaffney, a member of Vote Yes On 1 LSU.
Louisiana has a history of cracking down on abortion in the past two decades, including Gov. John Bel Edwards banning abortions after 22 weeks in 2019. The amendment is significant not only for the controversial topic and being the first one listed, but also for being on a presidential election ballot.
“They waited, they had it on there last year, but they waited until this year being a reelection year for the President, and I think that was very strategic of them because more people are going to vote in a presidential election than just a governor’s election,” Chandler said.
The amendment will appear along with six others on the Louisiana ballot.
Voters in the state remain divided over the issue, but will soon get to let their voice be heard next month on election day.