The fight for abortion rights in the United States is all over the map
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Good luck trying to stay on top of the fight for abortion rights in the United States. It’s everywhere, all over the map, and it’s all happening right now.
- West Virginia on Tuesday passed a near-total abortion ban that is now headed for the governor.
- Indiana’s near-total abortion ban will go into effect later this week.
- It was Republicans who obstructed a near-total abortion ban in South Carolina last week.
- The blue states, on the other hand, organize advertising campaigns to invite people from outside the state to come for treatment. California launched a website on Tuesday for this purpose: Abortion.ca.gov.
A GOP proposal, introduced Tuesday by Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, would impose a nationwide ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, with exceptions for rape or incest or to protect mother’s life.
Graham noted that the proposal would put the United States in line with many European countries. The big difference is that US states would still be able to impose stricter abortion bans like those taking effect in several states.
Graham’s bill seeks to counter a bipartisan proposal introduced in the Senate last month that would bring back the Roe v. Fetal viability wade.
Republicans hoping to take control of the House and Senate fear the issue will turn public opinion against them and hope Graham’s proposal will offer abortion rights opponents something to support in November.
There is a sort of balance here, because neither a proposal to legalize abortion nor to ban it has much chance of obtaining the supermajority of 60 votes necessary to become law, since the Senate is beholden to systematic obstruction. Anger to the Supreme Court for stripping American women of the right they have had for nearly 50 years is more likely to motivate voters in November’s midterm elections.
Interactive map: Find out where abortion is banned – and where it’s still in limbo
West Virginia lawmakers pass abortion ban. Both state legislative houses passed a ban that provides exceptions for victims of rape and incest, but only within eight weeks of pregnancy for adults and 14 weeks for minors, and only if the crimes are reported to law enforcement. Read more.
A near-total abortion ban goes into effect Thursday in Indiana. Indiana was the first state in August to pass such a restrictive law since the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade. Other bans were triggered by the court ruling.
New Indiana law includes exceptions for savings life of the mother and for fatal fetal anomalies up to 20 weeks after fertilization, and it allows exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape and incest. Read more.
A Republican filibuster to protect the absolute minimum right to abortion in South Carolina. It was a few Republicans, including the three female GOP members of the chamber, who ended a proposal for a near-total ban on abortion in South Carolina last week. Read the story from CNN’s Veronica Stracqualursi, Andi Babineau and Jon Passantino.
A six-week abortion ban had previously been passed in the state, but is the subject of a court battle, so a 20-week ban is currently in effect there.
CN report included this quote from a Republican state legislator who was among the few to block the near-total ban pushed by her colleagues:
“If you want to believe that God wants you to pass without exception a bill that kills mothers and ruins the lives of children, allows mothers to bring babies home to bury them, then I think you are miscommunicating. with God or maybe you “I just don’t communicate with him,” Republican Senator Katrina Shealy said Wednesday in a fiery Senate speech to her male colleagues.
“I know we disagree on a lot of issues, but hearing you talk about menstrual cycles, conception, how you know when your egg is fertilized or having a baby, I have to tell you it really disgusts me. “
A vote is approaching in Michigan. Voters will have their say in November. A Michigan Last week, a state judge declared a 1931 abortion ban unconstitutional. The state Supreme Court then ordered that a citizens’ initiative ballot measure to enshrine the right to abortion appears on the November ballot.
Proposition 3 would establish an “individual right to reproductive freedom, including the right to make and enforce all decisions regarding pregnancy.” Learn more about Stracqualursi, who is aware of these developments for CNN.
On the ballot in five states. Michigan isn’t the only state with an abortion-rights-related amendment on the November ballot:
- California and Vermont will also give voters the option to create a constitutional right to abortion.
- Kentucky voters will be asked to clarify that the state constitution does not create a right to abortion (Kansas voters rejected such an amendment in August).
- Montana voters will be asked to impose criminal penalties on health care providers who fail to act to preserve the lives of infants born during abortion.
Read the full recap of the November amendments, again from Stracqualursi.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is one of many Democrats who hope the abortion rights issue will help her overcome her frustration with the economy and inflation, as Dana discovered. CNN’s Bash and Abbie Sharpe on a trip to the state.
It’s a similar story in Pennsylvania, where CNN’s Gregory Krieg found Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman trying to woo suburban women.
“Women are the reason we can win,” Fetterman said. “Don’t piss off women.” Learn more about Fetterman’s abortion rights push.
While the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade reshaped the political landscape this year, the court’s conservative bloc remained mostly out of sight, writes CNN Supreme Court pundit Joan Biskupic.
From his report:
There is no denying that the public is finding it increasingly difficult to see federal judges appointed for life as neutral decision makers.
Yet the conservative majority on the Supreme Court has largely responded with distance and denial. In the weeks following their controversial decisions in late June, the judges demonstrated a lack of awareness of public concern and appeared even more out of touch, gravitating around like-minded audiences and speaking out in closed places.
She quotes Chief Justice John Roberts during an appearance in Colorado Springs:
“If the court does not retain its legitimate function of interpreting the Constitution,” he said. “I don’t know who would take on that role. You don’t want political branches telling you what the law is, and you don’t want public opinion to guide the proper decision.
Biskupic adds that Roberts “arguably misses the point that emerges from the public responses: that the court appears to be abandoning its constitutional role, in favor of an indistinguishable role from the political branches.”