Pro-choice Victories in the November 2022 Elections

Ballot measures There were wins for reproductive freedom in five states:

California – Proposition 1: “Amends California Constitution to expressly include an individual’s fundamental right to reproductive freedom, which includes the fundamental right to choose to have an abortion and the fundamental right to choose or refuse contraceptives. This amendment does not narrow or limit the existing rights to privacy and equal protection under the California Constitution.”

The Yeses won 

Kentucky – Amendment 2: Would add to the Kentucky Constitution: “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.”

The Nos won

Michigan – Proposal 3: “This proposed constitutional amendment would:

  • Establish new individual right to reproductive freedom, including right to make and carry out all decisions about pregnancy, such as prenatal care, childbirth, postpartum care, contraception, sterilization, abortion, miscarriage management, and infertility;
  • Allow state to regulate abortion after fetal viability, but not prohibit if medically needed to protect a patient’s life or physical or mental health;
  • Forbid state discrimination in enforcement of this right; prohibit prosecution of an individual, or a person helping a pregnant individual, for exercising rights established by this amendment;
  • Invalidate state laws conflicting with this amendment.”

The Yeses won

Montana – Legislative Referendum 131: “An act adopting the born-alive infant protection act; providing that infants born alive, including infants born alive after an abortion, are legal persons; requiring health care providers to take necessary actions to preserve the life of a born-alive infant; providing a penalty; providing that the proposed act be submitted to the qualified electors of Montana; and providing an effective date.”

The Nos won

Vermont – Proposal 5: Would add to the Vermont Constitution: “That an individual’s right to personal reproductive autonomy is central to the liberty and dignity to determine one’s own life course and shall not be denied or infringed unless justified by a compelling State interest achieved by the least restrictive means.”

The Yeses won

Governor seats that flipped from Republican to Democrat

Maryland: Wes Moore (Democrat) defeated Dan Cox

Moore’s stance on repro rights: “Wes recognizes that all Marylanders deserve the autonomy to make their own decisions about their reproductive healthcare. Wes and Aruna will fight to make access to reproductive care more affordable and accessible in every corner of our state…” (source)

Massachusetts: Maura Healey (Democrat) defeated Geoffrey Diehl (Republican)

Healey’s stance on repro rights: “With our reproductive rights under attack like never before, Maura will ensure patients and providers are protected here in Massachusetts…” (source)

Senate seat that flipped from Republican to Democrat

Pennsylvania: John Fetterman (Democrat) defeated Mehmet Oz (Republican)

Fetterman’s stance on repro rights: “A woman’s right to make her own health care decisions is sacred and non-negotiable. Period.” (source)

Some House seats that flipped from Republican to Democrat

Michigan’s 3rd District: Hillary Scholten (Democrat) defeated John Gibbs (Republican)

Scholten’s stance on repro rights: “Protecting reproductive health care choices is fundamentally a matter of privacy and freedom from government control. It is a kitchen table issue, a worker’s rights issue, a child welfare issue, and a healthcare worker protection issue.” (source)

New Mexico’s 2nd District: Gabriel Vasquez (Democrat) defeated Yvette Herrell (Republican)

Vasquez’s stance on repro rights: “Access to healthcare is a right and politicians in Congress and in state Legislatures shouldn’t stand between women and their healthcare. Gabe will oppose any attempt by Republicans in Congress to ban access to abortion, birth control, or to prevent women from having the right to choose.” (source)

North Carolina’s 13th District: Wiley Nickel (Democrat) defeated Bo Hines (Republican)

Nickel’s stance on repro rights: “I believe that politicians have no business getting in the middle of healthcare decisions, and that those decisions belong between a woman and her doctor. That’s why I helped lead the fight in North Carolina to stop Republican attacks on the right to choose, and why I’ll fight hard to protect that right in Congress.” (source)

Ohio’s 1st District: Greg Landsman (Democrat) defeated Steve Chabot (Republican)

Landsman’s stance on repro rights: “Greg will oppose any efforts to undermine the privacy between a woman and her doctor, and he supports the codification of the rights afforded by Roe v. Wade on the federal level.” (source)

Other important victories: Governor seat remains blue in these key states:

Michigan: Gretchen Whitmer (Democrat) defeated Tudor Dixon (Republican)

Whitmer’s stance on repro rights: “Gov. Whitmer is a champion for a woman’s right to choose, because she knows that the decision to start a family shouldn’t be made by a politician. She has taken proactive steps to protect the right to choose in Michigan and ensure Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban never goes back into effect.” (source)

Pennsylvania: Josh Shapiro (Democrat) defeated Douglas Mastriano (Republican)

Shapiro’s stance on repro rights: “Josh fought against the Trump Administration’s efforts to deny women access to no-cost contraception and essential health care services through Planned Parenthood.” (source)

Wisconsin: Tony Evers (Democrat) defeated Tim Michels (Republican)

Evers’s stance on repro rights: “…Gov. Evers will continue to take any action necessary to protect access to reproductive services, including abortion and contraceptive services.” (source)