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sunday mark Exactly 50 years from America The Supreme Court has granted abortion rights to U.S. women. Roe v. Wade Judgment – And Coming About 7 Months After Judgment The court opened the door for much of the country to take them away in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health.
When courts returned control of abortion rights back to the states, they immediately created a new fault line across the country. It could also portend a new rift within the Republican Party.
In this moment of the greatest victory for those opposing abortion rights, there are real questions about lawmakers and the possibilities of 2024. A presidential candidate goes to prove he is against abortion.
One of the presidential candidates, Virginia Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin, told Virginians to “choose life” in a federal state address earlier this month. He supports that call by pushing toward a 15-week ban.Current state law allows abortion care for up to about 26 weeks.
Virginia’s Youngkins share power at the legislative level, so this would be a real achievement. In a state with Democrats who have vowed to abandon his plans.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a 15-week ban before Dobbs’ decision last year, but given that his state has a Republican majority, he now has some has been criticized by conservatives for not going far enough.
Another Potential Republican Presidential Aide Candidate South Dakota Gov. Christy Noem criticized DeSantis for not supporting stronger restrictions on abortion rights.
South Dakota has a near-total ban, and when asked about DeSantis, Noem told CBS News this week that other Republican governors should do more.
“I urge all governors to do what they can to support their life-saving records,” she said.
Asked CNN’s Florida political expert Steve Contorno how far DeSantis expects abortion rights to be restricted, the usually bombastic DeSantis has shied away from details since Dobbs’ ruling. he said.
DeSantis released a vague statement promising to “expand pro-life protections,” but otherwise dismissed the ongoing litigation over the 15-week ban as an indication of what action he will take going forward. I am using it as a shield for discussing.
“People on both sides of the abortion debate told me 15 weeks ago they hoped for some kind of bill to be introduced that would push up the limits and slow down further attacks like Noem’s, but DeSantis is fully committed. It is not clear whether I support a bill that is a ban,” Contorno told me.
A ban that takes effect after fetal heart activity is detected could be an alternative, he added, noting that DeSantis supported such legislation in his first gubernatorial election in 2018.
Contorno also pointed out what Florida’s new Senate Speaker, Kathleen Passidomo, told the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald She wants a 12-week ban on abortion, but wants to include exceptions for rape and incest, which are not included in the 15-week ban signed into law by DeSantis last year.
Meanwhile, former President Donald Trump, who has announced that he will run for office again in 2024, has been criticized by evangelical leaders for offering a right-wing Supreme Court through a complete review of U.S. jurisprudence and individual rights. Seeking more credit.
“No one has done more for Right to Life than Donald Trump,” Trump told conservative journalist David Brody. They got what they’ve been fighting for for 64 years and years.”
He claimed “great disloyalty” among evangelical leaders who now do not properly support him.
CNN’s Kristen Holmes, Gaby Orr and Kaitlan Collins wrote this week about Trump’s frustration with anti-abortion activists who didn’t draw enough voters to polls last November.
On his social media platforms, Trump said abortion hardliners, especially those “who were adamant that there should be no exceptions, even in cases of rape, incest, and the life of a mother,” were at the expense of Republican votes. said there is.
Taking credit for overthrowing Roe and blaming activists for wanting to overthrow Roe is the Trumpian definition of contradiction. But it also addresses the larger question of how the Republican Party should proceed on this issue.
Opponents of abortion rights want to go further and are planning a series of new laws in Republican-controlled states.
CNN’s Jessica Schneider and Devan Cole say 22 state governments are under unified Republican control and are considering further restricting access to abortion services as state legislatures enter session this year. says. Read their full report.
For example, Wyoming Republicans A complete ban on abortion, including medical abortion, with no exceptions for rape or incest. This includes criminal penalties for those who perform abortions. The only exception is when the mother’s life is in danger.
Republicans in Nebraska introduced a ban on all abortions after fetal heart activity was detected at about six weeks’ gestation.
Schneider and Cole Democrats are protesting. The Michigan Democrat, who now controls the state government, is working to repeal the state’s abortion ban, which dates back to 1931, but the law was frozen in his Roe days, and the Dobbs ruling was blocked by a judge shortly after.
Meanwhile, in Maryland, which is fully Democratic-controlled, voters could put on the ballot in 2024 an amendment to add abortion rights to the state constitution.
CNN’s Veronica Stracqualursi spoke with the anti-abortion rights group before they attend the annual March for Life on Friday. Abortion rights are gaining momentum after winning a Supreme Court case in June.
“The pro-life movement just scored a big win in Roe v. Wade, but our work to build a culture of life is far from complete,” he told Stracqualursi. Read her full report.
It may not apply to abortion rights advocates. Many of them believe the Democrats’ better-than-expected performance in the 2022 midterm elections contributed to Mr. Low’s demise. Republicans will realign, but Democrats will try to carry that momentum built around abortion rights into the presidential race.