|Key Point: “State parties in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are holding press conferences and publishing op-eds attacking the GOP over the chance that constitutional abortion protections will be repealed.”
Democratic Parties located in swing states are holding a coordinated “day of action” on abortion Tuesday, just over a week after a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion forecasted the possible undoing of Roe v. Wade.
State parties in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are holding press conferences and publishing op-eds attacking the GOP over the chance that constitutional abortion protections will be repealed.
The effort is being organized by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and is seizing both on the draft Supreme Court opinion and recent comments from federal and state Republican lawmakers. Every state involved in the “day of action” is hosting a competitive Senate race.
The leaked draft opinion, authored by Justice Samuel Alito, calls for the wholesale repeal of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that instituted constitutional protections to abortion access.
Democrats are hopeful that a wave of backlash could turn the tides in the midterm elections, which prior to the decision were anticipated to favor Republicans.
“Republicans have been waging war on women’s health for decades, and now Roe v. Wade is at risk and a federal abortion ban is on the table,” DNC spokesperson Brooke Goren said in a statement, adding, “The DNC and Democrats in battleground states across the country are laser-focused on making sure that voters know what is at stake this November when it comes to Republicans’ radical MAGA agenda.”
Already, Democrats in key states have highlighted the issue, with the Wisconsin Democratic Party, for instance, rallying at the state Capitol last week.
“Republicans have for decades tried to frame the anti-abortion movement as a religious one. As a woman of faith, the bible teaches me that even Jesus gives us a choice to choose him. So who are we to take choice away from women to decide their health care? The bible also teaches me to love thy neighbor. To me, that means ensuring they have food on their table, adequate clothing and housing, AND the freedom to make their own choices about their future,” North Carolina Democratic Party Chair Bobbie Richardson said in a Monday statement.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said it was possible for legislators to pass some kind of federal law restricting abortion if Republicans have control of both chambers of Congress and the White House one day. However, other GOP lawmakers have said they prefer to leave the decision to the states.
The draft opinion, if made final this summer, will also have an outsized impact on state races beyond Washington. Notably, every state participating in the “day of action” is holding a gubernatorial race this year except for North Carolina.
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