Kentucky voters on Tuesday rejected a proposal to amend the state’s constitution to say that it does not "secure or protect a right" to abortion or the funding of abortion, CNN projects.
If adopted, the measure would have gone into effect immediately once the results of the election are certified by the State Board of Elections.
The ballot question voters faced read: "Are you in favor of amending the Constitution of Kentucky by creating a new Section of the Constitution to be numbered Section 26A to state as follows: To protect human life, nothing in this Constitution shall be construed to secure or protect a right to abortion or require the funding of abortion?"
Kentucky's "trigger law," which bans most abortions at all stages of pregnancy, and a law banning abortion after roughly six weeks of pregnancy have been allowed to be enforced temporarily while a lawsuit challenging the laws continues.
Kentucky Right to Life executive director Addia Wuchner, who chairs the Yes for Life Alliance which supported Amendment 2, previously said voting "yes" would "ensure there's no false interpretation of the constitution."
Without the amendment, "instead of the lawmakers who duly reflect the people's will, we would end up with the abortion industry taking each law back into court," Wuchner said.
Tamarra Wieder, the Kentucky state director for Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates, had said passing the amendment would "open the door to more attacks on abortion access," but rejecting it would allow abortion rights advocates to "continue to fight back" against the six-week ban and the trigger ban.