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Voters in Michigan moved Tuesday to pass a ballot initiative to strengthen abortion rights, one of five states that take measures on the midterm ballot that were ruled by the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade’s reversal could strengthen or weaken abortion rights—here are the full results.

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Michigan (approved): Michigan voters approved an amendment to the state constitution to explicitly protect reproductive rights, including abortion, ensuring that the state’s ex-cry abortion ban cannot be rolled back into effect, 55.7% The number of voters who approved the measure as of 3:45 a.m. Eastern Time.

California (Approved): California voters approved a ballot measure that protects abortion and contraceptive rights expressly enshrined in the state’s constitution, with 66.1% of voters offer support After nearly one-third of the ballots were counted by 12:45 a.m. local time, abortion rights in the state were ensured and the door was opened for them to possibly expand further, NPR said. reports,

Vermont (approved): Voters also approved voting in Vermont measure which amends the state’s constitution to protect abortion rights and “ensure that individual reproductive freedoms are provided to each Vermonter,” making certain abortions legal in the state no matter which party controls it, Over 77.4% of voters approved the initiative. More than 95% of the votes were counted till 3:45 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday.

Kentucky (not yet called): Kentucky voters are considering a ballot measure that would amend the state constitution to explicitly state that it does not protect abortion rights, making it harder to challenge any state-level abortion restrictions Is.

Montana (not yet called): voters in montana—where the state’s Supreme Court has already upheld abortion rights — voting on a more narrow ballot measure that would expand the rights of babies who are “born alive” after failed abortions, and healthcare workers to face punishment if they do not give them proper medical treatment.

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Abortion ballot measures took on new urgency in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision in June to overturn Roe v. Wade, which led to a wave of state-level restrictions on the procedure. Outrage over the ruling has fueled support for abortion on the ballot, with Michigan's measure attracting record The number of signatures in support of it on the ballot and the Kansas ballot that could have restricted abortion rights failed in a landslide vote, despite the state's conservative leanings. Polls have shown that Americans are largely in favor of abortion remaining legal and opposed to abortion bans – even in states where the procedure has been outlawed – publicly. A popular way for abortion rights advocates to capitalize on support and sidestep anti-abortion rights. , Beyond the ballot initiative, Democratic strategists have more widely hoped that the Supreme Court ruling and abortion as a political issue would ignite their base and prompt them to go to the polls, however. Recent polling has suggested voters' interest in the issue. decreasing to some extent.

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Which states might be next to have abortions on the ballot. Washington Post reports Abortion rights advocates in states such as Ohio, Florida, Arizona, Oklahoma, Colorado and Missouri are weighing whether to go ahead with ballot measures in 2024 that would protect abortion rights.

Here abortion rights are on the ballot in the midterm (Forbes)