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Kentucky rejects anti-abortion constitutional amendment, AP reports

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Voters in Kentucky have rejected a ballot initiative that would have denied constitutional protections for abortion in the state, the Associated Press reports.

 Demonstrators gather in front of Planned Parenthood after the United States Supreme Court ruled in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization Abortion case, overturning the landmark Roe v Wade abortion decision, in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. June 24, 2022.
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The amendment asked if voters wanted to amend the constitution to read: “To protect human life, nothing in this Constitution shall be construed to secure or protect a right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.”

With voters rejecting the amendment, abortion rights advocates have a chance to fight the state's anti-abortion legislation in court.

As of Wednesday morning, Kentucky had voted 52% against the amendment with 86% of the polls in the state reporting.

On Twitter, the Kentucky branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wrote “The majority of Kentuckians made one thing clear: abortion is our right and politicians have no place in our private medical decisions.”

Kentucky's Republican-led state legislature has imposed a near-total ban on abortion and on Tuesday night, voters reelected GOP Sen. Rand Paul who is anti-abortion.

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