Deluge of state laws banning abortion could give Democrats a political weapon.
WASHINGTON (AP) – A series of laws banning abortion in Republican-led states has given Democrats a political weapon for next year’s elections, helping them to portray the Republican Party as extremist and centrist voters before the courts. they could decide on congressional elections in the states of Australia. both sides say
The Alabama law that prohibits virtually all abortions, even in cases of rape or incest, is the strictest to date. In addition to encouraging the Democrats, the law has led President Donald Trump, other Republican leaders and legislators to re-elect next year to distance themselves from this measure.
His reaction points out that Republicans may exaggerate with harsh laws that they say will put pressure on the Supreme Court, with its growing conservative majority, to overthrow Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion. It also shows how these laws force the Republican Party to fight to satisfy its main supporters and anti-abortion supporters without alienating the vast majority of voters who strictly reject abortion.
Alabama’s law is “a loser for Republican candidates in Colorado, no doubt, and in many other parts of the country because it is extreme,” David Flaherty, Colorado-based Republican consultant who has worked his entire career of Congress the country. “It will only widen the gender gap.”
Brian Fitzpatrick, a professor at Vanderbilt Law School and former advisor to Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas, said there were many “moderate women who would fear the right they thought they had for 40 years.” . the years will be set aside “and they will be motivated to vote.
Republican Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa and Maine’s Susan Collins, both of whom want an election next year, said the ban imposed by Alabama was going too far in removing exceptions for pregnancy involving rape or incest. A 2005 survey by the Guttmacher Institute, which advocates for the right to abortion, found that about 1% of women reported having an abortion for rape or incest.
Democrats see the laws as a way to weave a broader message about Republicans.
“He uses it as an example of what they do when they are not controlled,” said Representative A. Donald McEachin, D-Va., Leader of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, a militant organization of Democrats representatives room. . “I think it forces moderate Republicans to move away from their party.”
Democratic presidential candidates compete to violate the Alabama law, which allows exceptions when the health of the mother is in danger. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, DN.Y., described the project as an “existential threat to women’s human rights,” while former vice president Joe Biden said the Republican party was hoping to beat Roe v. Wade are “pernicious and we have to stop him.” “
Facebook and Twitter campaign accounts of Democrats wishing to be re-elected next year, such as Senator Doug Jones of Alabama and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, are overflowing with publications that attack severe restrictions. “The people of Alabama deserve to be in the righthand of history, not on the side of extremists,” Jones wrote.
Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Ohio have adopted or are about to take measures to prohibit abortion once a detectable fetal heartbeat can occur during the sixth week of life. pregnancy, is detected before the woman knows that she is pregnant. Missouri lawmakers enacted an eight-week ban.
According to the Federal Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, of the 638,000 abortions performed in the country in 2015, nearly two thirds were practiced during the first eight weeks of pregnancy. About 1% was made during or after week 21.
Highlighting the dangerous political territory that Republicans roam, an April survey by the Kaiser Foundation on the non-partisan family revealed that Americans support Roe v. Wade 2-1. A survey conducted by Gallup last year found that 57% of adults who claimed to be “pro-life” said abortion should be legal if the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest. .
The focus on state measures has also stolen the Republican party’s push for abortion. So far, Congressional Republicans have spent much of this year forcing Democrats to put themselves on the defensive, prompting them to block bills to curb the rare abortions performed during late pregnancies and to wrongly accuse of supporting the government. infanticide.
“Clearly, the focus has changed,” said Sarah Chamberlain, president of the Republican Main Street Partnership, which represents dozens of moderate Republican lawmakers. She said that although her group does not believe that Democrats’ interest in strict laws has grown in popularity, “we are talking about it and how it will work in our districts.”
Some Republicans believe that pressure from Democrats will have minimal impact, as the problem of abortion elicits a relatively small number of voters from each party. Others say that Republican candidates must accuse Democrats of extremism by opposing bills limiting abortion at the end of pregnancy and, if they wish, support the exemption of victims of rape and incest.
Democrats “have never seen an abortion they do not like,” said David O’Steen, executive director of the National Committee on the Right to Life.
Sen. Todd Young, a Republican from Indiana, added that he ran the Republican National Senate Committee, the arm of the Republican Senate campaign: “We are not representatives of the state of the United States. Alabama, we are senators from the United States and each of us must make our positions known. “
However, laws have generated energy among abortion rights groups, which have staged more than 500 protests and other demonstrations this week. “We will strengthen this movement in 2020. There will be political consequences,” said Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Trump leader and home minority Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Distanced themselves last week from Alabama’s status. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., On Wednesday told the Associated Press: “My position has remained unchanged for 25 years and I am against abortion, except in case of rape, incest and the life of the mother “in danger”.