In conjunction with the election, several American states held referenda on the topic of abortion. Unsurprisingly all the initiatives were anti-choice.
Colorado voters rejected constitutional protections to any human being from the moment of conception. by a 3-to-1 margin. Opposed by 7,000 doctors and community groups this initiative, if passed, could have restricted access to some forms of contraception in vitro fertilization, termination of life-threatening ectopic pregnancies and other health care for women.
Californians narrowly defeated mandatory waiting period and parental notification laws before a minor could terminate her pregnancy. Apparently 34 states have a form of parental involvement in a minor's abortion. 22 states require parental consent, 10 states require solely parental notification, and the others require both notification and consent.
And in South Dakota, a ballot to criminalize abortion unless in cases of rape or incest or to save the life the mother was soundly defeated. The referendum itself was viewed by the anti-choice vehicle as to challenge US Supreme Court decisions in Roe v. Wade.