Pro-life groups in the United States have welcomed a victory in a referendum in Louisiana which will now see the state’s constitution clarifying that it does not recognise a “right” to abortion or abortion funding. 

62% of residents approved Amendment 1 – the ‘Love Life Amendment’ – on Tuesday evening , which states that nothing in the state’s constitution protects the right to an abortion or the funding of an abortion.

The strongly pro-life state also has a ‘trigger law’ on statute which would automatically ban all abortions if Roe v. Wade was overturned.

“We’ve been working hard to get the word out about what this amendment does and what it doesn’t do,” Louisiana Right to Life Associate Director Angie Thomas told NBC News. “This amendment will make sure that Louisiana’s current pro-life laws are protected and can’t be undermined by a couple of judges.”

Local state senator Katrina Jackson said the amendment ‘protected taxpayer dollars and reaffirmed Louisiana’s pro-life stance’, and also ensured the people had a say in abortion laws.

Pro-life commentator, Lila Rose, described the move as “historic” and said that Louisiana was leading and others would follow.