The Church Must Stand for Life
Prevent Enshrining Abortion in State Constitutions


Many States Could Have Abortion Amendments on 2024 Ballot

In June 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade and 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey decisions. The battle over abortion was returned to the people.

Since that 2022 decision, voters in California, Michigan, Vermont, and most recently Ohio, have amended their state constitutions making abortion a “fundamental right” in their states. On the other hand, in 2018, voters in Alabama, Louisiana, and West Virginia also amended their constitutions in favor of protecting unborn life. The people of Alabama guaranteed a right to life for the unborn and both the people of Louisiana and West Virginia declared there was no right to abortion in their states.

Now, citizens and state legislators in other states are turning to their own state constitutions to decide the issue. In 2024, at least 12 states have citizen-led or legislative efforts underway to amend their state constitutions regarding abortion. 

Only two states have active pro-life ballot measures to amend the state constitution to guarantee the right to life for unborn babies or declare no right to abortion (Nebraska and Pennsylvania). There are 10 states that have active pro-abortion ballot measures attempting to protect abortion access, strengthen abortion protections, or enshrine abortion as a state constitutional right (Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, and South Dakota). Notably, Nebraska has both pro-life and pro-abortion initiatives. Three of these initiatives have met all the state requirements and will appear on the November ballot: Colorado, Maryland, and South Dakota.

In addition, pro-abortion initiatives in Maine and Minnesota were rejected by the state legislatures; a pro-abortion initiative in New York was ruled “void” by a state judge because the legislature violated constitutional rules during the amendment process; and pro-life amendments in Colorado and Iowa failed to achieve the requisite number of signatures and legislative votes, respectively.  The amendments in these five states will not appear on the 2024 ballot.

Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Staver stated, “The right to kill a child should never be up to popular vote. The right to life is an inalienable right that come from God, not government. All human life is sacred. Human life begins at the moment of fertilization.”



Defeat Abortion Amendments Training


Liberty Counsel, in partnership with Leadership Institute, hosted an educational online training session on how to win the pro-life fight in a post-Roe America. While the Dobbs decision was a landmark win for life, the pro-abortion movement’s response was to launch a well-funded and well-organized effort to enshrine abortion in state constitutions. By amending state constitutions to guarantee the right to abortion, pro-life laws that are on the books will no longer be enforceable.

Many of these amendments will also allow or even lead to taxpayer-funded abortions. Yet, the real danger of these amendments is that voters often do not understand how far these initiatives reach
. Not only will the amendments allow abortion up until the moment of birth or infanticide after birth, but they also will remove safety protections for women, including restrictions on who can perform abortions and the clinical standards that must be met by abortion providers.

Now is the time for the Church to take a stand for life! It’s important to know how to combat this pro-death agenda through lifesaving strategies, education, and mobilization. 

LC Press Releases

Victory for Unborn Life in Maine

Many States Could Have Abortion Amendments on 2024 Ballot


Florida Is Now One of the Most Pro-Life States in America

Mat Staver on War Room

Mat Staver joins Steve Bannon on the War Room to discuss how the disregard for unborn life driven by the Chinese Communist Party in China, is rapidly happening in America. Originally 4/10/2024.