November 5, 2008
Anti-choice issues [quaintly labeled "pro-life issues"] were raised in Colorado, South Dakota and California. In Colorado, with 28 percent of votes reported, 75 percent decided a fertilized egg was not a human person. In South Dakota, voters decided by 55 percent , with 70 percent of the vote reported, that legalized abortion should be upheld. And in California, by voters 53 percent to 43 percent of the vote, with 3 percent of the precincts reporting, said a waiting period and parental notification should precede minors’ abortions.
Stem Cell research and human cloning questions appeared on ballots in California, Florida, Michigan and Missouri. In Michigan, voters supported embryonic stem-cell research by 53 percent to 47 percent, with 41 percent of the vote reporting. Results for the other states were not yet reported.
Assisted suicide was on the ballot in Washington. With 9 percent of votes reported, voters supported the measure by 55 percent to 45 percent. This measure would allow mentally competent, terminally ill adults the choice to self-administer a lethal overdose of medication.