Voters in three states have only days left to vote on ballot initiatives that would enshrine abortion and other “reproductive freedoms” in their state constitutions. Here are the measures:
- Vermont Proposal 5 states that “an individual’s right to personal reproductive autonomy is central to the liberty and dignity to determine one’s own life course.” This is absurd. By definition, reproduction is not autonomous. We are not amoeba — humans require two people to procreate. Vermont’s proposal prohibits the state from infringing on so-called “personal reproductive autonomy,” yet does not define what this term actually means. Based on what we have seen in other states, personal reproductive autonomy includes abortion and a slew of other “rights,” including sex change drugs and procedures.
- Michigan Proposal 3 is more explicit. The measure’s “reproductive freedoms” include —but are not limited to — decisions about “prenatal care, childbirth, postpartum care, sterilization, abortion care, miscarriage management, and infertility care.” These rights also apply to minors, who can assert them against their parents. For example, minor children who want to undergo sex change procedures that render them permanently sterile would likely have a constitutional right to do so under Proposal 3.
- California Proposition 1 expressly includes abortion and birth control as protected “reproductive freedoms,” but leaves the door open to just about anything related to sex. Prop 1 prohibits the state from interfering with “an individual’s reproductive freedom in their most intimate decisions.” This could mean a constitutional right to prostitution, polygamy, sex between adults and children, and even incest. Again, these alleged “rights” are not limited to adults, but could also be claimed by minor children.
If you live in Vermont, Michigan, or California, VOTE NO on these unprecedented, destructive ballot measures. And regardless of where you live, please pray that all three of these proposed amendments are soundly defeated. Extremist pro-aborts in other states are watching the votes, particularly in California and Michigan, to determine whether it is feasible to get similar initiatives on future ballots.
Life Legal is part of the No on Prop 1 coalition in California and we recently launched a strategic marketing campaign to let people know how dangerous this proposition is. We are also working with pro-lifers in Michigan to educate voters about Proposal 3.