Immediately after most abortions were banned in Texas, Democrats accused the new law of being unconstitutional. This is an attack on women’s health and must be challenged. However, the reaction from many Republicans on the other side is not so emphasized.
Some Republicans are celebrating the moment as a long-awaited victory for the anti-abortion rights movement, while minimizing the implications of the Supreme Court’s late-night decision on Wednesday that allowed the bill to come into effect. Some people have. Some have blamed the courts and the law.
“I’m a professional life,” said Republican Glenn Youngkin, a candidate for governor of Virginia, which is becoming more and more democratic. When reporters put pressure on Texas law, he quickly realized that he supported rape, incest, and exceptions when his mother’s life was at stake. Exceptions are not specifically included in the new law.
The mixed reaction shows the Republican political risks as allies against abortion actually begin to achieve the goals they have long sought. Americans care little about this issue, and it’s not dangerous to loudly defend the toughest curbs in the United States on political battlefields such as Virginia, Georgia, Arizona, and Florida in next year’s midterm elections. Not.
“This will usually be a very motivating issue for women who weren’t single-issue pro-choice voters,” said Republican pollster Christine Matthews. According to Matthews, this includes women and independents in the suburbs of the Swinghouse district, and competitive governor elections that did not believe the Roe v. Wade case was really threatened in past elections. Is done.
The new Texas law represents the most serious threat to date against the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision to establish the right to abortion. According to voter AP VoteCast, 69% of voters in last year’s election said the Roe v. Wade case should be overturned, while the Roe v. Wade case should be left alone.
Democrats and abortion advocates have vowed to take advantage of that moment to awaken voters, although voters may naturally be dissatisfied with access. They promised to chase not only Republican candidates and officials who support the Texas bill, but also companies that support them. Several rekindled calls to end the Senate Filibuster Rules to give Congress better access to abortion.
Senator Nancy Pelosi said she would soon vote to codify the Roe v. Wade case, although it is unlikely to be in the Senate.
Virginia Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe has already made abortion an important issue. He supports Yongkin repaying the planned parent-child relationship to a woman disguised as an abortion opponent, but “sadly, as a topic of the campaign, it was actually my independence. I can’t speak publicly about it because I can’t win the vote, “points out a secretly recorded video of what I have to get. ”
Following Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling refusing to block a restrictive abortion law in Texas, spokesman Jen Psaki said the White House has taken steps to “protect women’s choices.” Said that.
On Thursday, McCorriff warned that if Yongkin wins and the Republicans take over the State Capitol, “it’s likely that we’ll see Virginia go down the road in Texas.”
Texas law prohibits abortion when medical professionals become able to detect heart activity, usually for about six weeks, often before they know that a woman is pregnant. The law, rather than being enforced by government authorities, gives citizens the right to file civil suits and claim damages against those who support abortion.
Republican Governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem, tweeted “to make sure SD books have the strongest anti-abortion law,” asking him to compare his state’s law with the new Texas law.
But such a view was almost universal in her party.
In South Carolina, Republican Governor Henry McMaster had an abortion found this year by ultrasonography of heart activity, except when pregnant due to rape or incest, or when the mother’s life is at stake. If you have signed a restriction that requires you to ban abortion.
Asked Thursday whether to support Texas-style legislation, including rape and incest without exception, McMaster said he considered South Carolina law “excellent.”
Republican Senator Susan Collins in Maine called Texas law “extreme and harmful.”
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell downplayed the Supreme Court proceedings as a “very technical decision.”
Indeed, the conservative majority court did not rule on the constitutionality of Texas law. Instead, the judge refused to block its implementation and issued a brief statement that “it does not limit other procedurally appropriate objections to Texas law, including Texas courts.” ..
The role of the judge ensures that the composition of the court is part of the resurrected political debate. Liberal lawmakers, backed by supporters who helped President Joe Biden take office, want to increase the number of judges to rebalance power.
“Democrats do nothing because they either abolish filibuster and expand courts, or the bodies, rights, and lives of millions of people are sacrificed for far-right minority rule,” said Alexandria Ocasio. Congressman Cortez wrote on Twitter.
While the majority of Americans support the Roe v. Wade case, anti-abortionists usually tend to have the issue vote. According to the AP poll cast, only 3% of voters in the 2020 presidential election called abortion the only most important issue facing the country, but they were only 9% to 89% of Democratic Biden. He was strongly inclined to a Republican president, Donald Trump. In another question, 18% of voters called the Supreme Court nomination “the only most important factor” in the presidential vote. Those voters leaned towards Biden with a relatively narrow margin of 53% to 46%.
The Associated Press-A June poll by the NORC Public Relations and Research Center found that most Americans believe that abortion should be restricted after the first semester, but six in ten are usually the first in pregnancy. It states that it is legal in three months. More than eight in ten said it should be legal in the case of rape or incest.
Opinion polls have found that young adults are particularly likely to support abortion. 63% of people under the age of 45 said abortion should usually be legal, compared to 51% of people over the age of 45. Still, even young adults support some restrictions on abortion based on time of pregnancy, and the majority of all age groups say that most abortions should be illegal by late pregnancy. increase.
Georgetown University professor Lawrence Gostyn says he is worried about the Texans after the state legislature passed a restrictive abortion law in an overnight session. Under the new law, people who help provide abortion to face financial damage of up to $ 10,000. “They allowed law enforcement to be delegated to those who might be enthusiasts,” Gostyn said.
Emily Swanson of Washington and Meg Kinard of Houston contributed to this report. Burnett reported from Chicago.