In Florida on Nov. 6, voters defeated an amendment to the state constitution that would have prohibited public funding of abortion services or insurance coverage for abortions and also would have allowed legislation to restore parental consent for a minor younger than 16 to have an abortion.
Floridians also blocked by 51.5 percent to 48.5 percent an amendment that was aimed at limiting the impact of the Affordable Care Act. Amendment 1 would have prevented the adoption of laws or rules that compelled any person or employer to purchase, obtain, or provide health care coverage.
In Montana, voters approved by more than 2-1 a referendum that would require parental approval of a minor child’s abortion.
In Puerto Rico, a majority of voters — 54 percent to 46 percent — approved a nonbinding referendum that would make the Caribbean island the 51st U.S. state.