LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – Training sessions held across the Commonwealth this summer empowered Kentucky voters to advocate and rally support for Constitutional Amendment 2, a pro-life measure that will pass Nov. 8 .
The amendment, if ratified this fall, would create a new section in the Kentucky constitution that reads, “To protect human life, nothing in this Constitution shall be construed to secure or protect any right to abortion or demand funding for abortion.”
The Yes for Life Alliance, a coalition of pro-life organizations, organized the trainings. The alliance is made up of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, the Kentucky Right to Life Association, the Family Foundation of Kentucky, the Catholic Conference of Kentucky, Sisters for Life, and the Commonwealth Policy Center.
“This amendment would ensure that our lawmakers, and therefore us in voting for our elected representatives in Frankfurt, would continue to have the ability to be the decision makers on these issues,” said David Walls, executive director of The Family Foundation. .
Addia Wuchner, executive director of Kentucky Right to Life, encouraged attendees to get actively involved in spreading Constitutional Amendment 2.
“We need you to be a voice for this amendment in your community,” Wuchner said.
The current legal battle over Kentucky’s abortion ban underpins the need for the amendment, Walls added.
When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24, abortion was immediately banned in the Commonwealth, until a circuit court judge blocked the law. State abortion providers have challenged the ban on the grounds that the state’s constitutional right to privacy gives way to the legality of elective abortion. The constitutionality of abortion in Kentucky is still being debated in court, but Constitutional Amendment 2 would end the debate.
Walls also pointed to the failed pro-life constitutional amendment in Kansas earlier this month as a sobering reminder of the work Kentuckians will have to do before Nov. 8. “We can’t just assume this is going to pass,” he said.
A campaign opposing Constitutional Amendment 2 is gaining traction among pro-abortion Kentuckians, and like the Yes for Life Alliance, Protect Kentucky Access has offered training sessions over the summer in the purpose of mobilizing voters to reject the pro-life measure.
On its website, Protect Kentucky Access says the amendment would ban abortion in all cases, costing Kentuckians their rights and freedoms.
“(The amendment) does not ban abortion,” Wuchner said. “It has nothing to do with rape, incest, miscarriage, or any of the misnames or misinformation that’s been out there. They’re (tactical) scaremongers, and they’re doing a great job of that. moment.”
Wuchner said the campaign would address those objections soon.
The Yes for Life Alliance has recommended several action steps Kentuckians can take as November approaches:
— Encourage your friends and family members to pledge to vote on yesforlifeky.com
— Download the Advocacy Toolkit
— Donate to the campaign
— Identify local publications and write letters to the editor encouraging voters to support the amendment
— Volunteer to distribute flyers at community events
— Organize a postcard writing campaign in September
— Buy Yard Signs when the e-commerce store goes live at yesforlifeky.com
— Post regularly on social networks
— Email [email protected] if you or your organization need branded materials designed, such as billboards or social media posts
Information on future events, including an October rally in Frankfurt, will be released in the coming weeks. Until then, you can learn more about Constitutional Amendment 2 and keep up to date with campaign efforts at yesforlifeky.com.