Alabama and West Virginia voters preemptively criminalized abortion in case Roe v. Wade is struck down. But voters in Oregon defeated an attempt to restrict coverage.
At a time when advocates on both sides of the issue either fear or hope that Brett Kavanaugh's appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court will increase abortion regulations and limit women's access to the procedure, voters in Alabama and West Virginia have taken away a woman's right to an abortion.
The new laws, however, will be largely unforceable unless Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that legalized abortion, is overturned or severely gutted by the new Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, voters in Oregon defeated a ballot measure that would have ended abortion coverage for public employees and Medicaid patients.
West Virginia's ballot measure will have one immediate effect: Medicaid, the nation's health insurance for the poor, will no longer cover abortion services in the state.