Virginia Beach — Kenji Smith is “not very interested in politics,” she said. She votes faithfully in the presidential election, but for Democrats, she is the governor and legislature in Virginia.
However, recent news that the Supreme Court allowed Texas to ban most abortions about six weeks after pregnancy, with the exception of rape and incest, caught her attention.
The fear that such restrictive legislation, which she called “insane,” could come to Virginia if the Republicans came to power sharpened her desire to run on election day. .. “If a law like what’s happening in Texas comes here, I’ll definitely be motivated to go to a poll about it,” said marketing consultant Smith, 33.
The Supreme Court’s decision on September 1 to force Texas to enact the country’s most restrictive abortion law was a disastrous blow to abortion advocates, a long-awaited victory for abortion opponents, and for Democrats. It was brought as a potential political opportunity.
As the party mobilizes in the middle of next year, the first big test on this issue will take place in the Virginia elections this fall. Democrats want to win tight governor elections and maintain parliamentary control in states that have moved rapidly to the left. Former Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe, who is running for the old office, repeatedly promised to be a “brick wall” against abortion measures and announced his defense of abortion rights at a debate last week. Trail and funding appeal.
Virginia and later Democrats have played a major role in the election of President Biden, with a particular focus on suburban women whose broader loyalty to his party is not guaranteed. Republicans are smelling blood in next year’s midterm elections as Mr. Biden’s approval rating declines and the economy faces a potential stall over a protracted pandemic. office.
In more than 20 interviews in the politically divided city of Virginia Beach, the state’s largest but essentially suburban patchwork, democracy-minded independent female voters are the best against Texas law. He expressed fear and anger at the court’s green light. Many have stated that historically a single issue has strengthened their desire to elect Democrats, even though they have not caused a wave of turnout. The candidate’s personality and overall economy have.
Even many women who said they supported the Republican Party said they also supported the right to abortion. This may explain why Virginia’s GOP candidate downplayed the issue, removed the anti-abortion comment from the campaign’s website, and went back some remarks.
“I will not sign the Texas bill today,” he said in a Thursday debate between Republican candidates Glenn Youngkin. But when asked if he would sign a six-week abortion ban, with the exception of rape and incest, he fought. He asserted that he supported a “pain threshold bill” that generally bans abortions after 20 weeks.
McCorriff said he was “afraid” that the “Trump Supreme Court” could overturn the Roe v. Wade case, a groundbreaking 1973 ruling recognizing the constitutional rights to abortion. He said he supported “women’s right to make their own decisions later.” He misleaded Mr. Yongkin, saying, “I want to ban abortion.”
Early in the campaign, liberal activists had to downplay the opposition to abortion in order for Yongkin to win the independence, but if he was elected and the Republicans robbed the House of Representatives, he would “attack.” Will continue. ” The McCorriff campaign turned recordings into offensive ads.
Republicans described Mr. McCorriff as supporting abortion until the moment of birth and sought to link him to a failed 2019 bill in Congress that would have loosened some restrictions on late abortion. Virginia law allows abortion if a woman’s life is at stake.
Polls on abortion show that American attitudes have been stable for decades, with the majority of about 60% saying that abortion should be legal in all or most of the time. .. According to the Pew Research Center, only 55 percent of people in Virginia agree.
However, as a contradiction to the moral complexity of this issue, national polls also endorse abortion restrictions that are not permitted under Roe, such as the majority outlawing abortion in most cases. It shows that it is.
A poll at the Washington Postshire School in Virginia this month, after the Supreme Court paved the way for Texas law, ranked abortion low among voters’ concerns and the most important issue among governors. Only 9% answered that. Race.
The rigor of Texas’ decisions and the prospect that the Supreme Court could overthrow Law next year in a case that included a 15-week abortion ban in Mississippi sharpened the problem.
Virginia Beach presents test cases for abortion issues at the forefront of America’s changing electoral environment. Many military families have long lent a conservative cast to local politics, but last year the city voted for the first Democratic presidential candidate, Biden, since Lyndon B. Johnson. Elaine Luria, a Democrat and former Navy commander with Virginia Beach in the parliamentary district, is one of the Republican’s biggest goals for 2022.
The city stretches from saltwater toffee shops on the touristy Atlantic beaches to the quiet streets of brick houses tied around many bays in the region. Outdoor conversations are interrupted by deafening military aircraft, which rarely glance into the sky.
Ellen Robinson, a retired nurse who admits to being a political independence, said she was “feared” by Texas law and “I think it would be the beginning of fascism in the country” if the court overturned Law.
Kathleen Moran, a Democratic-backed engineering technical editor, said the Supreme Court’s ruling on Texas law “frightened” her.
“I have a boy who goes out with a woman,” she said. “I have a niece. This goes back to the whole thing,” a white man can make all the decisions about everything. ” “
Moran said he was more enthusiastic about voting after the court refused to suspend Texas law that the Biden administration was trying to block.
“We are in a really dangerous situation,” she said. “Obviously because of abortion, we don’t want to be Texas, but with many problems we can lose the current blue states.”
Many Republican women across Virginia are most likely to support stricter abortion laws, while women who tend to be conservative on the outskirts of Virginia Beach have a six-week abortion or Roe v. Wade case. He stated that he would support the reversal. Overall, these women do not always use the “pro-choice” label, but they agree that they need to be able to make their own reproductive decisions.
“I know the Republicans are forever opposed to abortion, but as a woman, I think I should be able to choose myself,” said retired civil servant Janice Cohen, 73. I did. Her lawn featured a parade of signs for Republican candidates. When it was pointed out that Vice-Governor Winsam Sears said he would support a six-week abortion ban, Cohen argued that the current governor, Democratic Party Ralph Northam, belonged to her. .. It is considered an abortion radical.
In 2019, the governor, a pediatric neurologist, seems to have suggested that if a mother requests an abortion during delivery, a deformed foetation is unlikely to survive, the baby who gave birth can be kept dead. Republicans across the country have seized comments as sanctions for “infanticide.” Mr. Northam’s office is …