Voters approve abortion restrictions and recreational marijuana in state ballot initiatives – CNN

Some were initiated by citizens, others by lawmakers. The questions included whether to restrict abortion access, expand Medicaid, or change voting requirements. Here are some of the ballot measures we’re keeping an eye on nationwide. We’ll continue updating the results as they come in. Three measures in three states concerned abortion access and funding. In Alabama and West Virginia, voters approved changing their state constitutions to say that they do not protect the right to an abortion or require funding of abortions. Alabama’s Amendment 2 will also change the state constitution to say that it supports the rights of unborn children, giving them constitutional protections. West Virginia’s Amendment 1 also prevents state taxpayer money from being used to pay for abortions for those on Medicaid. Oregon voters rejected Measure 106, which would have prohibited publicly funded health care programs from covering abortion. Crime, justice and sentencing Voters in six states — Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Nevada, North Carolina and Oklahoma — considered some version of a measure often called “Marsy’s Law.” South Dakota passed one in June. The proposals varied from state to state, but each would add specific protections for victims of crime to a state’s constitution. Such protections include the right to be notified about hearings or the release of the accused, the right to restitution or the right to refuse an interview or deposition at the request of the accused. Supporters of Marsy’s Law say it gives victims more say in what happens in their cases. Opponents, including the American Civil Liberties Union, said victims already have these types of rights through state laws and warned that enshrining victims’ rights in state constitutions creates a false equivalency between them and the rights of the accused. They warn that Marsy’s Law could

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