DETROIT — Voters in Michigan have overwhelmingly approved amending their state constitution to enshrine the right to abortion and protect other forms of reproductive healthcare.
Proposal 3, the Right to Reproductive Freedom Initiative, establishes “reproductive freedom,” as a right and protects access to abortion, contraception, sterilization, infertility care, and postpartum care. AP called the race at 3:42 a.m. ET on Wednesday. According to preliminary results from Decision Desk HQ, 55% voted in favor of the proposal in Tuesday’s midterm election.
At the David Whitney Building in downtown Detroit, a sea of purple T-shirts filled the room where supporters of the “yes” campaign gathered to watch the results roll in on Tuesday night. Two large TVs flanked the space, both tuned to CNN’s election coverage.
Pushing his sleeping newborn twins in a stroller as he exited a polling place in downtown Detroit with his spouse on Tuesday afternoon, Tyler Jones told BuzzFeed News that he voted “yes” on Proposal 3.
The couple had supported abortion rights before they had children, but people told them they’d feel the “exact opposite” after having kids, Jones said. “Well, we had kids, and we still felt the same way,” he said.
Brittany Wood, 36, also said she voted for the amendment. She was cautiously optimistic Michigan would pass the measure in spite of its swing state status.
“There are young voters and I hope they see the gravity of the situation and they show up, but Michigan is a traditional state too,” she told BuzzFeed News. “So I’ve been keeping that in mind, and I’m hoping for the best.”