Republicans Double Down On Abortion

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( – Republican states are working hard to further restrict abortion rights, especially following the recent success in order states according to a recent report from the New York Times.

According to the report, GOP state lawmakers in Ohio are trying to push for a ballot amendment that would alter a constitutional amendment and would require instead of a simple majority, a 60 percent supermajority threshold to make changes. Abortion rights advocates are at the same time fighting to ensure that a constitutional amendment protecting abortion before fetal viability would be on the ballot.

The GOP is also trying to block other abortion rights measures that have been introduced in five other states. Notably, both Arkansas and North Dakota, have recently introduced stricter processes for the proposed constitutional amendments.

These moves are being made following the Supreme Court’s decision last summer to overturn Roe v. Wade. Democrats were able to swiftly use the abortion issue as a way of gaining the support of many swing voters in the 2022 midterm elections. Last year’s midterm elections also saw voters approve ballot measures to enshrine abortion rights in the state constitutions of California, Vermont, and Michigan. Measures that would have restricted access in Montana and Kentucky were rejected.
On Sunday, Republican Rep. Nancy Mace (S.C.) warned that if the GOP continued taking such restrictive approaches when it comes to abortion access then they were “going to lose huge” in the upcoming elections. She further pointed out that the majority of Americans were not in favor of such restrictions.

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