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Breaking down key state ballot measures for the 2022 elections

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Five states — California, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana and Vermont — have ballot measures on abortion. California’s Proposition 1, Michigan’s Proposal 3 and Vermont’s Proposal 5 ask if voters want to enshrine abortion rights into state law, while Kentucky’s Amendment 2 asks whether to amend the state constitution to explicitly state that the charter doesn’t grant the right to an abortion. Montana’s legislative referendum would require health-care providers to try to save any infant born alive, including after attempted abortions, or face fines or jail time.

The ballot measures give abortion rights and antiabortion advocates an opportunity to appeal directly to voters after the nation’s highest court overturned Roe v. Wade. More than a quarter of women ages 15 to 44 live in states where abortion is now banned or mostly banned.

— Kim Bellware and Rachel Roubein

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