How abortion rights ballot measures won
Six for six in 2022! In red, blue, and purple states
It’s been a tiring, surprising, news-heavy week, and I’m not looking to overwhelm your internet tabs any more — but I did want to send over the story I published today. The elections were really such a remarkable night for abortion rights, in many ways that we’re still beginning to fully understand.
One of those ways though was the clean sweep of victories abortion rights had on the ballot initiatives everywhere they appeared (Michigan, Montana, Kentucky, California and Vermont) on top of Kansas in August.
I spoke with leaders of the campaigns from all these states to learn how they built winning coalitions that included Republicans, “pro-life” voters, and others who personally have complicated (or negative) feelings about abortion. I looked at why pro-choice leaders have historically avoided ballot measures, but now see them as an important battleground for protecting access.
While it’s easy to paint with broad strokes — I keep hearing “when abortion is on the ballot, abortion wins!” — that’s not really true, and I’d say that conceals a lot of the really hard, strategic work organizers have been doing in each state to win these fights. You can read that here.
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