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Good luck trying to stay on top of the fight for abortion rights in the US. It’s everywhere, all over the map, and it’s all happening right now.
- West Virginia passed a near-total abortion ban on Tuesday, which is now up to the governor.
- Indiana’s near-total abortion ban goes into effect this week.
- Republicans last week blocked a near-total abortion ban in South Carolina.
- Blue states, on the other hand, are planning advertising campaigns to invite people from out of state to seek medical care there. California launched a website to that effect on Tuesday: Abortion.ca.gov.
A GOP proposal introduced Tuesday by Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina would enact a national ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, with exceptions for rape. or incest or to protect mother’s life
Graham noted that the proposals would bring the US in line with many European countries. The big difference is that US states would still be able to enact stricter abortion bans like those in place in several states.
Graham’s bill seeks to counter a bipartisan proposal introduced in the Senate last month, Roe v. Wade would return the standard of fetal viability.
Republicans hoping to control the House and Senate fear the issue could turn public opinion against them and hope Graham’s proposals will offer something to opponents of abortion rights in November.
There is something of a balance here, because neither a proposal to legalize abortion, nor one to ban it, has much of a chance of getting the supermajority of 60 votes needed to become law, as the Senate is subject to the filibuster. anger The Supreme Court’s decision to strip American women of their rights for nearly 50 years is likely to motivate voters in November’s midterm elections.
Interactive map: See where abortion is banned and where it’s still in limbo
West Virginia lawmakers pass abortion ban. Both state legislatures passed the ban, which provides exemptions for rape and incest victims, but only for adults after eight weeks of pregnancy and 14 weeks for minors, if the crime is reported to law enforcement. Read more
A near-total abortion ban goes into effect in Indiana on Thursday. Indiana became the first state to pass such a restrictive law in August when the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Since he overruled Wade. The court’s decision led to other bans.
Indiana’s new law includes savings exemptions for maternal life and fatal fetal abnormalities up to 20 weeks post-fertilization, and allows exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape and incest. Read more
Republican filibuster to protect minimal abortion rights in South Carolina. It was some Republicans, including three female GOP members of the House, who last week shut down a proposal to ban abortion in South Carolina. Read the story by CNN’s Veronica Stracqualursi, Andi Babineau and Jon Passantino.
The state previously passed a six-week abortion ban, but is the subject of a court battle, so a 20-week ban is in place there.
CNN The report included this quote from a Republican state lawmaker who was among the few to block the near-total ban pushed by his colleagues:
“If you want to believe that God wants us to pass a bill that kills mothers and ruins the lives of children without exception, so that mothers can bring their babies home to bury them, then I think you’re communicating with God wrong, or maybe you say, ‘I’m not communicating with Him at all.’ said Republican Senator Katrina Shealy in an impassioned speech to her male colleagues on the Senate floor on Wednesday.
“I know we don’t agree on a lot of things, but hearing them 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 coming up in Michigan. Voters will have their say in November. a Michigan A state judge struck down the 1931 abortion ban as unconstitutional last week. Then the Supreme Court of the State ordered the appearance of a citizens’ initiative ballot measure to guarantee abortion rights in November.
Proposition 3 would “establish an individual right to reproductive freedom, including the right to make and exercise all decisions about pregnancy.” Read more from Stracqualurs, who is on top of these developments for CNN.
Voting in five states. Michigan isn’t the only state with an abortion-rights-related amendment on the November ballot:
- California and Vermont will also allow voters to create a constitutional right to abortion.
- Kentucky voters he will be asked to clarify that the state constitution does not create a right to abortion (Kansas voters rejected this type of amendment in August).
- Montana voters will be asked to impose criminal penalties on health care providers who fail to protect the lives of children born during abortion.
Read the full roundup of November’s corrections, again from Stracqualurs.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is one of many Democrats whose abortion rights issue could help her overcome frustration over the economy and inflation, CNN’s Dana Bash and Abbie Sharpe discovered 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 appeal to suburban women.
“Women are the reason we win,” Fetterman said. “Don’t anger women.” Read more about Fetterman’s abortion rights push.
Roe v. While the decision to overturn Wade has redrawn the political landscape this year, the court’s conservative bloc has largely stayed out, writes CNN Supreme Court expert Joan Biskupic.
From his report:
It cannot be ignored that it is increasingly difficult for the public to think of federal life judges as neutral decision-makers.
However, the conservative majority of the Supreme Court has largely responded with distance and no. In the weeks since the controversial rulings in late June, the courts have shown a lack of awareness of public concerns and have become even more disconnected, gravitating to like-minded audiences and speaking behind closed doors.
Chief Justice John Roberts quotes from an appearance in Colorado Springs:
“If the court does not retain its legitimate function of interpreting the Constitution”, he said. “I’m not sure who would take up that mantle. You don’t want the political branches to say what the law is, and you don’t want public opinion to be the guide for the right decision.”
Biskupic added that Roberts “undoubtedly misses the point that appears in public responses: that the court seems to be abandoning its constitutional role in favor of one that is inseparable from the political branches.”