In Kentucky, conservatives warn of ‘Roe v. Wade 2.0’

Although there has been no public vote on the amendment, progressives hoping to defeat it point to their significant financial gains as an encouraging sign. According to reports filed with the Secretary of State’s office, the Protect Kentucky Access campaign has been proposed about $5 million this year compared to approx $867,000 was reported by Yes For Life – a campaign that supports the measure.

That move allowed Protect Kentucky Access to hire one of the architects of an upset victory for progressives in Kansas — Rachel Sweet — and blanket the country with TV and digital ads with the same message they used earlier this summer to appeal to Republican and libertarian voters: that the amendment it would allow lawmakers to violate privacy and personal medical decisions.

“The little red states are a little underfunded,” Sweet said, adding that he believes the results of the vote this year will change lawmakers’ views on what can happen in GOP-controlled parts of the country when you put the issues in the hands of the masses. vote.

Their campaign also put resources into the fight against the reform drive that has been carried out by the majority of the state’s religions. Protect Kentucky Access has included progressive religious leaders such as the Rev. Wayne A. Gnatuk, a retired Presbyterian minister and leader of the Kentucky Religious Coalition for Reproductive Freedom, that appeared in TV commercials in his clerical collarspeak to churches about the amendment, and set up tables at large events such as the Kentucky State Fair.

Gnatuk told POLITICO that there are more differences of belief in different religions and different Christian denominations on the difficult question of when life begins than most people realize — a point he hopes Tuesday’s vote will demonstrate.

“What right does any of those religious positions have to force their teaching on others?” he asked. “It’s a matter of religious freedom. I don’t want Evangelicals and Roman Catholics to tell me what I should do or what my family should do or what my friends should do. In fact, it doesn’t matter to them.”

Most of the funding for Yes for Life comes from the Kentucky Catholic Conference, Kentucky Baptist Convention and other religious groups, and they have held many events in churches to get support for this initiative, including a mass prayer last Sunday. vote.

“Pastors always come into our offices looking for more signs for their church and say, ‘I want to pray with you because we know how hard you work,'” said Addia Wuchner, a former Republican representative in the Kentucky House of Representatives who now leads. the Yes for Life campaign. “One side may have the money to buy high-profile ads, but Kentuckians are also hearing from their communities.”

Wuchner and other anti-abortion rights leaders say they are confident because Kentucky has repeatedly elected anti-abortion leaders — including lawmakers who enacted the ban before the fall. Roe.

Walls also pointed out that the results in Kansas were ‘fluctuating’ and that voters were quick to react. of the annulment of the decision of the Supreme Court Roe. Now, he said, “people will be making different decisions about how they vote.”

But those working to persuade Kentuckians to vote yes also say they are battling a sense of discontent among voters who agree with their position.

“A lot of people think: ‘Well, Roe it was repealed and we have an abortion law, so, it’s over, we’re done,’” Marina Mason, a Louisville native who works with the anti-abortion group Students for Life, told POLITICO. “We’re trying to say, ‘Guys, don’t get too comfortable thinking that we’ve done it and we can all go home.’ Just because we have these laws right now doesn’t mean they’re going to last forever.’”

Mason said she and other campaigners are working to remind voters of the upcoming court case over the state’s abortion restrictions, telling them to pass the amendment to avoid Roe v. Wade 2.0.”

Advocates from both parties say they are looking beyond Tuesday’s vote in a years-long battle in the courts and legislature over abortion in the Bluegrass State.

Gnatuk is working to expand his network of several members of the clergy and a number of churches that support abortion rights, while Students for Life said its campaign aims to improve the way voters view the anti-abortion movement.

“We want to win, obviously,” said Helene Senn, a University of Louisville student volunteering in the campaign to pass the amendment. “But a conversation we have with someone can change their whole life and open the door for them to see that not all healthcare providers dress up like the Grim Reaper and yell at them, whatever. If we can show the humanity of the pro-life generation, that would be an instant win.”

In Kentucky, conservatives warn of ‘Roe v. Wade 2.0’

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