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Just days after Texas’ unprecedented, restrictive anti-abortion law took effect, Republicans around the country are looking to import it. “GOP officials in at least seven states, including Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina and South Dakota, have suggested they may review or amend their states’ laws to mirror Texas’s,” write WaPo’s Meryl Kornfield, Caroline Anders and Audra Heinrichs.
We can’t help but notice that many of those states have something in common: Republican governors with 2024 ambitions.
You don’t say?
— South Dakota Gov. KRISTI NOEM is directing attorneys in her state office to review Texas’ law in order “to make sure we have the strongest pro life laws on the books.”
— Florida Gov. RON DESANTIS said his state would have to “look more significantly” at how Texas handled it, adding: “I welcome pro-life legislation,” he said. “What they did in Texas was interesting.”
— Arkansas Gov. ASA HUTCHINSON hailed the Supreme Court’s non-intervention on Texas’ law as a “procedural victory” for abortion opponents. He’s already signed a “heartbeat bill” into law that was blocked by a judge — and in the wake of the court’s non-intervention with Texas, the original sponsor of that bill is planning to update it to “mirror the Texas SB8 bill.”
— And don’t forget Gov. GREG ABBOTT, who signed the Texas bill into law, is also rumored to have aspirations for the Republican nomination.
There will be more players from the Republican Senate, and of course the Mango-Hued Shitgibbon is allegedly about to throw his toupee into the ring.
It sets up a competitive dynamic where each would-be GOP nominee embraces a Texas-like law in order to avoid being outflanked by a potential rival. But in doing that, they effectively put the issue front and center — politically dicey for the general election — and ensure that all Republican candidates will be asked about it.
College educated suburban women (and men) are not likely to be onboard with their daughters being a pawn in forced-birth games.
— And when they are, “they better have an answer ready,” writes Washington Free Beacon’s Matthew Continetti in a piece imagining how this could backfire on conservatives. “And that answer better not sound like it came from TODD ‘legitimate rape’ AKIN, whose abortion-related gaffe in 2012 cost the GOP a Senate seat.”
And as Texas doesn’t have an exemption for rape (legitimate or otherwise), that argument is moot. It’s all about the vigilante enforcement.