Democrats seize on abortion ruling in midterms as Republicans tread carefully
By: Angelina Wang
Following the overturning of Roe v. Wade, Democrats have emphasized abortion rights in their campaigns. Republicans have moved forward cautiously and continue to emphasize issues of increasing prices and crime.
Friday’s overturn of the landmark abortion case will leave the legality of abortion to the states. Over a dozen states had trigger laws set in place to limit abortion procedures as soon as Roe was overturned. In the wake of the decision, interest in Senate races has risen sharply. Democrats have also seen a notable increase in grass-roots fundraising.
In a Friday interview, Democratic Rep. Val Demings said, “I do think going back and treating women and girls like second class citizens or property, I think that matters a hell of a lot to men and women in Florida.” She is running to replace Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio.
“If there were any doubts left about what’s at stake in this race, it became crystal clear today. The right to an abortion will be on the ballot this November in Pennsylvania,” said John Fetterman, the Democratic nominee for Senate in Pennsylvania.
Republicans praised the decision and have downplayed its effects. North Carolina Senate nominee Rep. Ted Budd stated that “The Court’s ruling correctly empowers the people’s representatives in each state to decide how best to protect unborn lives.”
Democratic strategists believe that constant news coverage of abortion rights and laws in many states will cause the issue stay fresh in many people’s come November. Some believe that the Democratic Party will be able to win over more favor and votes from women, including those who previously disliked the Democratic Party’s pandemic-related policies.
On the other hand, GOP strategists believe that the Supreme Court decision won’t have dramatic effects on the midterm elections. According to Republican operative John Brabender, “the universal issue is the concern over the economy and that’s going to drive the election more than any other issue as much as the Democrats are trying to prevent that from happening.”