Is Abortion the Hill Republicans Will Die On?
Fundraising has already begun in the wake of a leaked Supreme Court draft that appears to show the Court poised to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Democrat donation platform ActBlue claims to have fundraised over $12 million dollars in the 24 period between Monday night. when the leak was announced, and Wednesday.
Their call to action was the renewed fight against Republicans. It has reenergized what appeared to be an inevitable routing in the midterm elections. It has awoken voters, especially women, who were tuned out or more concerned with the economy and inflation.
A new poll from the Pew Research Center conducted in March showed a clear majority of Americans support the right to an abortion, with only 8% saying it should be illegal without exception.
61% say it should be legal in most cases, and that is the line Republicans will have to gauge.
Even among people who said abortion should be illegal in “most” or “all” cases, Pew found that 46% of that group said it should be legal if the mother’s life is endangered. 36% of that group said abortion should be legal in cases of pregnancy as a result of rape.
56% of believe the length of a pregnancy should determine the legality of an abortion. The same group believes abortion providers should be required to seek consent from a minor patient’s parents before performing on abortion on them.
If regulation of abortion does go back to state governments, each will have to decide where to draw the line. The potential for a confusing patchwork of legislation is enormous.
How Republicans ultimately respond to the issue may very well shape the electoral landscape for years to come.