November 2022 | The fight for abortion comes to the midterm elections

(Washington) After four months of very dangerous general elections, Joe Biden’s camp is hoping that the anti-abortion fight tearing the United States apart will provoke the political leap the President desperately needs.

Posted at 5:39pm

Camille CAMDESSUS
Media Agency France

“Voters need to be heard,” the Democratic leader urged on Friday, assuring that “personal freedoms will be on the ballots” in November’s midterm elections.

Traditionally, this election, in which the United States will renew all seats in the House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate, is unfavorable to the incumbent and mobilizes little.

But “Abortion is one of those rare issues that’s likely to get attention” in favor of Democrats, points out Shana Gadarian, a professor of political science at Syracuse University, “because it’s an issue that a lot of people have strong opinions on.”

However, she emphasizes that “public opinion is generally supportive of abortion rights, even among Republicans.”

According to a CBS News/YouGov poll taken immediately after the Supreme Court scraped abortion rights on Friday, 50% of Democrats said they would be more likely to vote after the US Legal Temple ruling.

Pills, IUDs, IVF

Democratic candidates across the country, aware of these statistics, have decided to focus their campaign on this issue, hoping to turn their constituents’ anger into votes.

“The attacks won’t stop there,” warned Cheri Beasley, candidate for North Carolina’s hotly contested Senator seat. “Access to birth control pills, IVF and IUDs is also under threat,” she said, urging voters to “go to the polls” in November.

“The stakes couldn’t be higher, send me to Washington to protect Democrat values,” Pennsylvania Democrat John Fetterman pleaded this weekend, who fought a Donald Trump-backed superstar surgeon for a seat in November will run in the Senate.

On November 8, Americans also face a slew of local elections and elect governors in some thirty states — a position very much at stake as it gives veto power over laws passed by their local legislatures. . .

In the key state of Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a candidate for re-election, has promised to “fight with all our might” to protect women’s abortion rights. She has already gone to court to prevent the implementation of a 1931 law banning abortion.


PHOTO DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press Archive

Gretchen Whitme, Governor of Michigan

“Burn the United States”

On the contrary, in the Republican camp, who have widely welcomed the repeal of American women’s abortion rights, they are trying to ensure that the Supreme Court decision does not become a poisoned gift that could alienate the most moderate voters from their base.

“Republicans will do whatever it takes to bring the debate back to inflation, the economy and gas prices,” issues they’ve been attacking Joe Biden with for months, predicts pollster Carly Cooperman.

Republican Adam Laxalt, who ran in a close election in Nevada, where abortion is largely protected, challenged the court’s decision “not to distract voters from the exorbitant prices, the rise in crime or the crisis.” [migratoire] at our border.

Several senior Conservatives, such as Republican Lindsey Graham, were also quick to put security back at the center of discussions, accusing “anarchist” pro-choice protesters of wanting to “burn down the United States,” though outbursts that sparked were on the fringes of the demonstrations very limited.

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