According to a Pew poll, abortion was a pivotal concern for voters, with 61 percent of Democrats saying that abortion is very important to their vote this year.
At stake in several states is access and funding for abortions. Alabama, Oregon and West Virginia voters were deciding on ballot measures that challenge Roe v. Wade and could impact women’s rights if the landmark 1973 decision is overturned. West Virginia and Oregon’s ballot measures want to prevent federal dollars from funding abortions for those people covered by Medicaid and public insurance plans.
An abortion would qualify as “medically necessary” if a licensed physician determines that a woman would suffer an injury or death unless an abortion is performed, according to the initiative’s text.
Democratic Oregon Gov. Kate Brown opposed the initiative, but through this measure, voters in Oregon would have the final say.