Legislation introduced by pro-life Democratic state representative Katrina Jackson was initially written to put an anti-abortion constitutional amendment on the ballot this October. But she altered those plans after deciding for “strategic reasons” the vote should occur in 2020 instead.
“I am always concerned that what I do does not impact my colleagues’ elections, that I don’t skew the elections,” Jackson told Vice reporter Shawna Thomas.
“For strategic reasons the sponsor of the amendment, State Representative Katrina Jackson, pulled it from the floor,” Thomas explained. “If it had been passed, the constitutional change would have ended up on the ballot this October, Jackson wants it to be voted on in November 2020 instead. It was an example of Jackson balancing the fact that she’s staunchly anti-abortion against the fact that she’s also a Democrat.”
Jackson further admitted during the interview that the decision to push the amendment back a year was a compromise between “pro-life Democrats and non-pro-life Democrats.”
“I’m gonna put it in conference committee to add the amendment that pro-life Democrats and non-pro-life Democrats attempted to add, and that’s to have this vote go down during the presidential election,” Jackson said during the interview, which can be viewed in full below.