Red states that celebrated the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade are now dealing with the political realities of what no abortion access has on voters.
The Wall Street Journal reported on how Republican strongholds are facing a backlash as “the early post-Roe error has revealed broad support for at least some measure of abortion rights, including in some of the nation’s reddest states.”
The paper noted how Republican congressional candidates suffered in the last midterm elections—and just barely took control of the House despite being heavy favorites. The Supreme Court ruling seemed to energize Democratic voters—and even women who identify themselves as Republicans.
More Americans support a woman’s right to choose than ever before, with 69 percent saying they agree that abortion “should generally be legal in the first three months of pregnancy,” according to a Gallup poll released in June. (See “ABORTION SUPPORT HITS RECORD HIGH IN THE U.S.,” 20 Jun 2023).
The survey said the previous high was in May (67 percent)—shortly after the leak of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The survey found that most Americans oppose the procedure in late pregnancy, but 37 percent say it should be legal in the second three months of pregnancy and 22 percent in the last three months, which is also the highest ever polled by Gallup.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called on Democrats to focus on abortion in 2024 and said Republicans will get crushed on the issue.
“Everybody said we’re going to lose 30, 40 seats,” Pelosi told MSNBC on Sunday, referring to the 2022 midterms. “Last time we lost five and everybody says you had the wrong message. They were saying to me, you’re going to owe an apology to the members because Dobbs is in the rearview mirror. But it wasn’t. It was up front, and it is right up in front of women in our country.”
TRENDPOST: The Trends Journal has reported extensively on the implications of the court’s ruling on the Dobbs’s case that overturned Roe v. Wade, which ended federal protections for abortion. (See “CONFIDENCE IN SUPREME COURT HITS ALL-TIME LOW IN 2022: POLL” 23 May 2023 and “YOUNG AMERICANS MAY PLAY BIGGER ROLE IN NEXT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS BECAUSE THEY’RE FED UP” 13 Jun 2023.)
Indeed, since the Dobbs’s ruling, the Democrat Party has increased its support among women voters, who cite abortion rights as their key issue. NPR wrote, “Republicans have struggled to find the right post-Roe balance after 50 years of lobbying for the landmark ruling to be overturned. They got their wish but have suffered politically since.”
Gerald Celente has said whether it is Donald Trump or Gov. Ron DeSantis that runs against the Democrat nominee next year, their stance on the abortion issue will be a major issue that will cause them to lose the race to the White House.
NBC News noted that the Public Policy Research Institute ran a national poll in February that found 64 percent of Americans think abortion should be legal in all or most cases—which is an increase from the 55 percent who agreed in 2010. The poll, when broken down by political affiliation, found 87 percent of Democrats, 65 percent of independents, and 37 percent of Republicans saying abortion should be legal.
Major abortion bans failed to pass legislatures in South Carolina and Nebraska.
State Sen. Penry Gustafson, R-S.C., identified herself as pro-life, but voted against a near-total ban in the state in April because she said there was “no room for empathy, reality or graciousness” in the bill, the Associated Press said.