Love Life Constitutional Amendment

On Nov. 3, 2020, Louisiana voters approved Amendment #1, assuring that our current pro-life laws are protected and state judges cannot “find” a right to abortion or the funding of abortion in the Louisiana Constitution.

Voters approved the amendment by a 62% favorable margin, and more votes were cast for Amendment #1 than for any other ballot initiative or candidate in Louisiana history.

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Known as the Love Life Amendment, Amendment #1 keeps abortion out of the state Constitution and makes sure all policy making remains in the hands of duly elected state legislators rather than in the courts. Judges in 13 other states, including Kansas in 2019, found that various pro-life laws unconstitutionally infringed on individual rights, but thanks to the voters of Louisiana, that will not happen here.

Louisiana Right to Life led the push for the amendment’s passage through the Louisiana Pro-Life Amendment Coalition, a team of Louisiana citizens and organizations. State Rep. Katrina Jackson (D-Monroe), now a state Senator, and state Sen. Beth Mizell (R-Franklinton) were authors of the amendment resolution, which was overwhelmingly supported by both chambers of the Louisiana Legislature as well as Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Now what does this mean for our state? Does this mean the fight is over? No, but we are closer than ever to a day when abortion becomes illegal in this state. Let’s take a look at what this means for us.