Are the fetus-fondling gawd-bothering Theocrats overplaying their hand?
House Republicans are weighing what kind of national-level abortion ban legislation to pursue if they win the House majority next year, with a 15-week ban or further on the table…
…House Republicans previously passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortion after 20 weeks gestation, in 2015 and in 2017.
They are chomping at the bit to punish women. The article says K-Mac is cool with moving up a national abortion ban to 15 weeks.
Oops! #IllegitimateSCOTUS ruling on Abortion is motivating Democrats:
“The Court issued its ruling on the morning of June 24. In a CBS News/YouGov survey taken on June 24 and 25, 50 percent of Democrats said the Court’s decision to overturn Roe made them more likely to vote in the midterms. Among Republicans, the number was only 20 percent. A Marist/NPR/PBS poll found almost the same gap: by 24 percentage points, Democrats were more likely than Republicans to say that Court’s ruling increased their inclination to vote.”
“Many Republicans were already eager to vote based on other issues, chiefly inflation. So perhaps their enthusiasm didn’t have much room to grow. Still, they could have indicated that the abortion ruling would add to their motivation. They didn’t. And that makes sense, because voters tend to be mobilized by anger, not satisfaction. The simplest explanation for the partisan gap in polls is that Dobbs has alarmed pro-choice voters, not pro-life voters.”
A recent Emerson College poll:
Thirty-eight percent of voters said the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade made them much more interested in voting this year, an 8-point increase from when the question was asked as a hypothetical in September, according to a new poll.
The poll — conducted by Emerson College in partnership with All In Together, a nonpartisan women’s civic engagement organization — found that 56 percent of respondents said the court’s decision made them at least somewhat more interested in voting in this year’s midterm elections.
In the first week after the Dobbs decision, Democrats raised $80M Ameros for ads.
The WaPo has an article about some of the ways that women are accessing birth control with mail-forwarding services and tele-health appointments from border-state parking lots to circumvent state bans on legal, FDA-approved drugs. Now imagine you are college-aged and you are having to jump through these hoops?
Yeah, I’d say the callous Yutes of Today might be motivated to vote, and not just the women.
A lot can happen between now and the midterm elections, and yes it is gross to politicize this, BUT the Republican panty-sniffing #IllegitimateSCOTUS committed a political act and we need to fight this as politics. Moderation is for monks and they don’t get pregnant.
UPDATE 1: Another datapoint:
No they’re not overplaying their hand.
They don’t have to care if their shit is popular anymore
They don’t really need the ‘consent of the governed’ anymore (and certainly not once SCOTUS makes their ‘Independent State Legislatures’ fantasy law next term)
They have the guns, white terrorists, police, and an unholy chunk of the military on their side.
Half the voters in this country don’t give a fuck.
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…voters tend to be mobilized by anger
Not only have they lost a small sliver of the Cheney wing of the party (be honest, nearly all of them will vote R, even holding their nose with the other hand), but they’ve maxed out their base. No way they get more.
The entire election rests on how many Ds find the motivation to cast their votes. Rs have never been more vulnerable. Let’s go, folks.
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I firmly believe that Roe, guns, and voting rights are generating the energy we need. There’s a helluva lot of energy among groups educating voters how to maneuver around the new restrictions and registering younger voters. Shannon Watts has an army of Moms out there working to elect gun safety folks willing to go further than Mitch & co. We just gotta fight like hell.
But we also need a way to stop the corrupt SC from ruling in favor of wacky ISL doctrine!
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One should also take into consideration the ones who only voted because of Roe v Wade. Now that they’ve won, they can stop dealing with that crappy voting shit.
With all of this energy floating around, it’s time to harness it and have a blue wave of voters show up at the polls. Otherwise, all this righteous indignation will become worthless blather