The fight for abortion law is growing in Texas and West Virginia. Here’s what you missed.

Here is the latest information on how these issues will evolve in the coming weeks and months:

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Enforcement Litigation Continues in West Virginia and Beyond

This week, West Virginia was at the forefront of a state legal battle to ban abortion after a judge temporarily blocked enforcement of the state’s abortion ban.

A blocked 19th-century ban has not been enforced for over 50 years, and a 2015 law allows abortions in the state up to 20 weeks. It is reported by the Associated Press.. The only abortion clinic in the state that challenged the ban in court can now continue with the procedure.

State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said he would take the case to the West Virginia Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, in Louisiana, the state’s restrictive law was once again temporarily blocked after it had been tossed back and forth since June. District Judge Donald Johnson told the state and clinic challenging the law to present findings on Tuesday, but did not say when he would make a decision, AP reported.

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Texas AG sues emergency abortion guidance

And in Texas, that state’s attorney general last week sued top Biden administration officials over the administration’s directives to doctors.

Guide – covered abortion news last week roundup – says federal law requires doctors to perform emergency abortions, even in states with restrictive laws. Otherwise, healthcare professionals and hospitals may risk their participation in Medicare, Medicaid, or other federal programs.

The lawsuit, filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, says the memo “forces hospitals and doctors to commit crimes.” It will go to a federal judge appointed by President Donald Trump and possibly to the right-wing district court if an appeal is filed.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called Paxton “extreme and radical” in response to the lawsuit.

[Read more: Texas sues Biden over new abortion guidance as conservative groups mull more challenges]

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Conservatives being tested for reactions to child abortion

“I won’t touch on this story with a 10-foot pole wrapped in a blanket, wrapped in whatever.”

That’s what one Republican strategist told POLITICO about a report of a 10-year-old girl who crossed state lines to have an abortion after being raped.

Conservative media and politicians, many of whom doubted the veracity of the story at first, were forced to pull out last week when it came true. National Right to Life Committee General Counsel Jim Bopp caused further backlash after he told POLITICO that the child should have been brought the pregnancy to term.

The case was indicative of some of the problems that conservatives may face in trying to rally their base without alienating midterm voters who see a blanket ban on abortion without exception as too extreme.

“These are the things that will breathe life into the Democrats’ hopes of maintaining some kind of coalition,” Republican strategist John Thomas said.

[Read more: ‘Oh, God, no’: Republicans fear voter backlash after Indiana child rape case]

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Polls show Democrats gained support after Caviar decree

Four months before upheavals in the House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans are weighing the best approaches to getting voters to the polls. Historically, during this period, the president’s party loses seats in Congress. for several reasons – President Joe Biden’s recent low approval rating is no surprise this time around. Take into account high inflation and a pandemic that has not stopped its deadly spread, and everything doesn’t look very promising for Democrats.

However, new poll from The New York Times/Siena College suggests that the Democrats, fueled by a wave of support since Caviar was overthrown at the end of June, which could lead to a tougher battle than originally thought. Of all registered voters, 41 percent said they would prefer to see a Democratic-controlled Congress after the midterm elections, and 40 percent said they would choose a Republican-controlled Congress. Republicans led by 1 percentage point among likely voters. The poll was based on responses from 849 registered voters in early July.

The New York Times/Siena College poll is the latest of several polls that have come to the same conclusion: Democrats are gaining more momentum for the midterms than expected, especially given the problems plaguing the Biden administration. Among several polls taken before and after the Supreme Court ruling on abortion, Democrats scored an average of 3 percentage points on the ballot of Congress in their favour.

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Democratic governors position themselves as last line of defense

While the focus is on Congress, winning gubernatorial elections across the country is an important component of the Democrats’ push to secure abortion protection at the state level. Incumbent Democrat in Wisconsin Governor Battle Tony Evers Highlights Wrestling faced by local leaders to keep a motivated voter base.

Many Democratic voters in Wisconsin heavily rigged in favor of the Republicans, see Evers as the last line of defense to protect access to abortion with veto power. The incumbent’s issue is emblematic of the nationwide dilemma facing Democrats: even if he is re-elected, protecting abortion rights from disenfranchisement is the most a governor can try to do.

In the race that Cook’s political report classified as a toss-upEvers took steps to shore up his base, including offering pardons to abortion providers punished by Wisconsin’s 1849 abortion ban.

“I strongly believe what you will see if a Republican becomes governor of Wisconsin…we will see the election change to the point where the Legislature makes the final decision and that should scare the hell out of everyone in this situation. room,” Evers said. at an abortion rights event last week.

Another draw gubernatorial races that depend on the abortion issue include a contest in Georgia featuring incumbent Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams; The incumbent Democratic governor is in the race in Michigan. Gretchen Whitmer vs. several strong Republican candidates; Kansas race with incumbent Democratic governor Laura Kelly against Republic Attorney General Derek Schmidt; and a Pennsylvania race with a Republican senator. Doug Mastriano and State Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who replaced the limited-term governor. Tom Wolf as the Democratic nominee.