Abortion leak electrifies midterms as Democrats fight for protections – live | US politics

0
6
- Advertisement -


Lawmakers across the political aisle are using this week’s seismic news that the supreme court is ready to overturn Roe v Wade and ban abortion to electrify the midterms elections, following the shocking news that US justices are prepared to roll back abortion rights.

Vulnerable democrats, specifically in swing districts, are hoping the issue will rally voters. Specifically in Nevada, a state that largely voted in 1999 to codify Roe v Wade, senator Catherine Cortez Masto has used abortion rights to turn voters against her opponent, reports Politico.

In an interview this week, Cortez said:

I have a record in support of a woman’s right to choose. And my opponent, Adam Laxalt, opposes it, and will take it away.

From Cortez via Twitter:

- Advertisement -

My opponent says that overturning Roe v. Wade and ending protections for a woman’s right to choose is a “historic victory.”

I trust women and their doctors to make the health care decisions that are best for them — not politicians. https://t.co/4SxpKdKEBC

— Catherine Cortez Masto (@CortezMasto) May 3, 2022

Republicans have also used the opportunity to challenge their opponents’ commitment to conservative ideals.

In Georgia, candidate David Perdue challenged incumbent governor Brian Kemp to “promise to call a special session of the legislature to ban abortion outright if the court eliminates federal protections for abortion rights and leaves it to states to set their own laws”, reported the New York Times.

From Perdue via Twitter:

I’m calling on Brian Kemp to join me in calling for an immediate special session of the legislature to ban abortion in Georgia after Roe v. Wade is overturned.

You are either going to fight for the sanctity of life or you’re not. (2/2)

— David Perdue (@DavidPerdueGA) May 5, 2022

A coalition of abortion rights groups announced today that they will be holding a nationwide day of action, “Bans off Our Bodies” day, on 14 May.

In light of the potential rollback of abortion rights, several groups, including Planned Parenthood, UltraViolet, Women’s March and MoveOn, will hold marches across the country, with four “anchor marches” to be held in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington DC, reports Axios.

“We’re expecting hundreds of thousands of folks in these anchor cities and still hundreds of events all across the country. So no matter where you are, there’s somewhere for you to go,” said Kelley Robinson, Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s executive director.

Abortion would immediately become illegal in at least 13 states if Roe v Wade was overturned, reports Axios.

Here’s a piece from the Guardian’s David Smith on Trump being a hero for the anti-abortion movement after placing several conservative justices on the Supreme Court:

“I’m very pro-choice.” So said Donald Trump in an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press in 1999, attributing his views on abortion to “a little bit of a New York background”.

Two decades later, the businessman and reality TV star is the unlikeliest of heroes for social conservatives and Christian evangelicals because he delivered the ultimate prize: the end of America’s constitutional right to abortion.

The leak this week of a draft supreme court opinion showing that the court’s conservative majority is poised to overturn Roe v Wade, the landmark 1973 decision legalising abortion, represented a vivid aftershock of the Trump presidency.

He had reversed his position on the issue by the time he reached the White House and, with uncharacteristic discipline, spent his four years in office bending the federal judiciary to the right, including with three supreme court appointments.

“The supreme court will be his most important and long-lasting political legacy,” said Amanda Hollis-Brusky, an associate professor of politics at Pomona College in Claremont, California.

Read the full article here.

Donald Trump has remained uncharacteristically quiet on the news that the Supreme Court is ready to roll back abortion rights, despite adding several conservative justices during his administration.

Former US President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference 2022 (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida.
Former US President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference 2022 (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida. Photograph: Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

Trump, who appointed three of justices who are prepared to overturn Roe v Wade, told Politico’s Meridith McGraw that he is waiting to see the “finality” of the case and, for now, is only speaking on the decision in interviews.

According to Politico, four of Trump’s current and former advisors believe he will take credit for the abortion rights roll back once the decision is finalized.

Meanwhile, Trump is holding a rally in Pennsylvania today to support celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz, who is a GOP senate candidate, and could give remarks on the leaked decision there.

Former President Donald Trump is coming to Pennsylvania today to try to push Mehmet Oz over the finish line in his contentious primary campaign for U.S. Senate.https://t.co/4dv4rsMUvD

— The Philadelphia Inquirer (@PhillyInquirer) May 6, 2022

Politicians are being called out online for using the potential roll back of abortion rights to fundraise for elections.

In one email that is being criticized, House speaker Nancy Pelosi urges recipients to send in $3 to help elect a “slew of pro-choice House Democrats” to “make Republicans regret EVER coming after our reproductive rights.”

This email does not contain a single word indicating that if we elect Democrats they will protect abortion rights. Instead it’s all about making Republicans “regret” and rue” their actions. It’s just “elect us — that’ll show ’em!” pic.twitter.com/sFqKE7sImP

— Jamison Foser (@jamisonfoser) May 4, 2022

Meanwhile, Stacy Abrams, Georgia’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate, pivoted her fundraising efforts on Wednesday and asked people to donate to abortion rights groups active in her state.

From NPR’s Rachel Treisman:

Abrams — who helped turn Georgia blue in the 2020 presidential election after narrowly losing her last governor’s race in 2018 — is continuing to solicit donations for the Feminist Women’s Health Center, SisterSong, Planned Parenthood Southeast, Access Reproductive Care Southeast and NARAL Pro-Choice Georgia.

“We know that no one individual, campaign or organization can guarantee reproductive choice on their own,” Abrams’ campaign wrote in a fundraising email. “We can only win this fight by uniting and doing the work together.”

In a tweet later that night, Abrams thanked the more than 187,000 supporters who have invested in her campaign so far and urged them to consider donating to the reproductive freedom organizations as well.

Abrams, who is running unopposed in the May 24 Democratic primary, has raised large sums of money for causes as well as her own candidacy.

Read the full article here.

Lawmakers across the political aisle are using this week’s seismic news that the supreme court is ready to overturn Roe v Wade and ban abortion to electrify the midterms elections, following the shocking news that US justices are prepared to roll back abortion rights.

Vulnerable democrats, specifically in swing districts, are hoping the issue will rally voters. Specifically in Nevada, a state that largely voted in 1999 to codify Roe v Wade, senator Catherine Cortez Masto has used abortion rights to turn voters against her opponent, reports Politico.

In an interview this week, Cortez said:

I have a record in support of a woman’s right to choose. And my opponent, Adam Laxalt, opposes it, and will take it away.

From Cortez via Twitter:

My opponent says that overturning Roe v. Wade and ending protections for a woman’s right to choose is a “historic victory.”

I trust women and their doctors to make the health care decisions that are best for them — not politicians. https://t.co/4SxpKdKEBC

— Catherine Cortez Masto (@CortezMasto) May 3, 2022

Republicans have also used the opportunity to challenge their opponents’ commitment to conservative ideals.

In Georgia, candidate David Perdue challenged incumbent governor Brian Kemp to “promise to call a special session of the legislature to ban abortion outright if the court eliminates federal protections for abortion rights and leaves it to states to set their own laws”, reported the New York Times.

From Perdue via Twitter:

I’m calling on Brian Kemp to join me in calling for an immediate special session of the legislature to ban abortion in Georgia after Roe v. Wade is overturned.

You are either going to fight for the sanctity of life or you’re not. (2/2)

— David Perdue (@DavidPerdueGA) May 5, 2022

Leaked abortion rights decision electrifies midterms

Good morning US live blog readers! This is Gloria Oladipo from the Guardian’s New York office.

Shock from the news that US justices appear ready to roll back abortion rights has electrified midterms, with Democrats hoping to use the issue to motivate voters, reports Politico. Meanwhile, Republicans locked in primaries are using the leak as an opportunity to challenge their opponents to pledge complete bans on abortions.

Donald Trump has been fairly quiet on the Roe v Wade news, despite bringing several conservatives justices to the Supreme Court during his tenure. According to Politico, while the former president never shies away from taking credit for a political accomplishment, he has only addressed the leaked decision in interviews and is waiting on a final ruling to be issued before speaking more widely.

In other news:

  • Cities across the nation are bracing for possible civil arrest ahead of large abortion rights gatherings happening throughout the weekend. On Wednesday, 150 officials nationwide joined a call to discuss security concerns in connections to the leaked decision, including possible threats to Supreme Court justices, reported Politico.
  • Joe Biden is will be visiting Ohio today to meet with manufacturing leaders at United Performance Metals in Hamilton, Ohio. He is set to deliver remarks at 3.45pm Eastern time.



Denial of responsibility! - If you are a regular visitor then ignore this...
Read Full Details



“If you have any Query Related This Post then here is the Source Link

- Advertisement -

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here