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Michigan, California, Vermont Affirm Abortion Rights in State Ballot Proposals

Voters in all three states amended their constitutions to include reproductive rights, while Kentucky voters rejected an amendment that would have said there was no right to the procedure.

Voters in California, Michigan and Vermont chose to enshrine abortion protections in their state constitutions on Tuesday, The Associated Press said, while voters in Kentucky — where abortion is currently banned — rejected an amendment that would have said there was no right to the procedure at the state level.

The results, which came just months after the U.S. Supreme Court removed the constitutional right to abortion, showed that when asked directly, a broad cross section of Americans want to protect abortion access.

Abortion also appeared to shape results in some candidate races. Across the country, Democratic politicians emphasized their support for legal abortion on the campaign trail, while many Republicans opposed to abortion tried to focus voters on other issues.

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