Midterm results prove Republicans failed to ban abortion

Republicans can’t say they weren’t warned.

during this midterm elections weekAmericans decisively affirmed their support for abortion rights. a A large number of prominent anti-abortion candidates They are defeated (cough, Dr. Oz, cough), and voters chose reproductive rights in five Separate country voting procedures.

This means that Montana voters have joined forces with Vermonters, Michiganders, California, and even voters in the dark red state of Kentucky to protect abortion rights.

Thursday, Montana Legislative Referendum “Born Alive” Officially failed. This action would have imposed criminal penalties, including up to $50,000 in fines and up to 20 years in prison, for any individual who failed to take “medically reasonable and appropriate measures” to save the life of an infant – defined as a breathing legal person, who has heartbeat or voluntary muscle movement – who was born prematurely or survived an abortion attempt (The latter is extremely rare, as fetuses cannot survive outside the womb before 22 weeks, and infanticide is already a crime.)

This means that Montana voters have joined forces with Vermonters, Michiganders, California, and even voters in the dark red state of Kentucky to protect abortion rights. Vermont, Michigan and California Reproductive freedom is enshrined in the constitutions of their countriesIn Kentucky, voters announced their strike Proposed constitutional amendment It would have stated explicitly that there is no right to abortion in the state.

It turns out that people really enjoy being physically independent. And the None of this is surprising.

“If you’re from the anti-abortion movement and you can’t win a vote like that in Kentucky, the question is, can you win a vote like that anywhere?” Mary Ziegler, Professor at the University of California, Davis School of Law, She told Charlotte Alter of Time magazine.

It seems unlikely when you look at the numbers.

according to NBC News Exit Poll, abortion was just below inflation in terms of voter importance. In Pennsylvania and Michigan, where Democrats scored major victories, led by women, people of color, and youth, Opinion polls show that abortion has outpaced inflation As Voters Issue #1.

Despite the fact that the religious right has used anti-abortion activism as a tool A satirical way to motivate white evangelical voters since the late 1970sSupport for legal abortion remained very high. According to Pew Research, 61% of Americans They say abortion should be legal in all or most cases. When other political issues generate sharp divisions on the basis of race, gender, age group and level of education, abortion does not occur. Since 1995, support for legal abortion in all or most cases has fallen below 50% at once. Over the past year, support has only gone up, punctuated by The Supreme Court’s June decision to set aside Roe v. WadeThe influential 1973 resolution legalizing abortion at the national level.

The court’s decision highlighted the scale of the risks nationwide for pregnant women and health care providers. Although Republicans have attempted to reframe abortion rights as a moral issue, the truth is that access to such care is first and foremost a public health issue. When abortion is restricted – which has been happening for decades in red states – severe health consequences Follow. When access to abortion is expanded, the opposite occurs. In 1971, one year after abortion was decriminalized in New York, The state’s maternal mortality rate has fallen by 45%..

(It is also, as evidenced by the actions of voters in conservative states like Kentucky, an issue of personal liberty. The Republican Party advocates independence on issues such as assault weapons, yet it has asked voters away Abortion rights that have been around for decades. Moral dissonance there is paradoxical).

The numbers make it very clear: When people who could get pregnant don’t get abortion care, their lives are in danger. This is something that voters of all demographic groups understand.

The abortion bogeyman is most effective when a nationwide abortion ban appears to be an amorphous goal.

As Kimberly Inez McGuire, executive director of the youth-led Reproductive Justice Organization, said in a statement Wednesday: “Our bodies and our future are at stake. We will continue to make our voices heard — and we will continue to vote — until reproductive justice becomes a reality.”

Stirring up extreme anti-abortion sentiment was a satirical account that worked with the far right for decades. But the abortion bogeyman is most effective when a nationwide abortion ban appears to be an amorphous goal, rather than a terrifyingly close reality.

When voters have a direct say in their individual reproductive rights, it turns out that most want to retain them.

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