These developments – contradictions in politics and public opinion – highlight the ambiguity of an issue that has exacerbated political divisions in America. As we approach the November midterm elections, politicians are expected to keep a close eye on how the issues develop.
Here are some of the latest news that will also keep you updated:
Indiana Republican Party Pushes for Nation’s First New Abortion Laws
In Indiana, conservative state lawmakers are pushing for new abortion restrictions, the first state in the nation to do so since Caviar was hit.
Senators held a special session at the Indiana State House Monday to ban abortions unless they involve rape or incest, or unless the mother’s life is in danger. However, the cries of angry protesters could be heard through the cell doors: “Let them choose” and “Vote for them.”
Indiana has been at the forefront of the abortion controversy ever since a 10-year-old pregnant girl traveled to the state from neighboring Ohio to undergo a medical procedure. Jim Bopp, General Counsel, National Committee on the Right to Life, said POLITICO that the girl had to carry her pregnancy to term.
Before the legislative session began, the vice president held a round table with Democratic lawmakers and state leaders to denounce the proposed legislation, a total ban with few exceptions. But neither the protesters nor Harris’s remarks are likely to have any concrete impact – the Republicans control both houses with a supermajority, as well as the governor’s office.
Harris plans to heat up the front lines in the states
According to a POLITICO report, Harris is planning a more aggressive campaign to galvanize Democratic lawmakers and governors in the fight for abortion rights.
She reportedly told her staff, “We need to set ourselves the goal of being in America three days a week” ahead of the November election, a person familiar with the conversations said.
The vice president, the first woman to hold office and a former state and local official, has already reached out to legislators in states with or pending abortion restrictions. She will now make a concerted effort to expose “Republican extremism” in conservative states, White House aides say.
Harris has already spoken in public several times this week discussing abortion. At a National Urban League conference, she called abortion without exception “wrong and harmful.”
And during her visit to Indiana, she criticized the state’s near-total ban.
“Some people need to actually learn how the female body works,” she said on Monday.
Hulu won’t play politics
It’s no secret that Democrats are trying to capitalize on abortion protection to secure midterm victories in November. But if you watch TV at night on Hulu, you won’t see any ads for it.
The Disney-backed streaming service was recently criticized by Democrats for refusing to run political ads about abortion and guns, in stark contrast to the recent rise in corporations using hot buttons to reach out to their consumer base following a Supreme Court ruling. solution. Unlike broadcast TV, streaming services are not required by law to give politicians equal access to advertising.
In mid-July, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and the Democratic Governors Association attempted to buy joint advertising on ABC’s Philadelphia affiliate Hulu and ESPN. This was reported by the Washington Post.. Due to a no-controversial policy, Hulu was the only service that did not air ads for abortions and guns.
“Hulu’s censorship of the truth is outrageous, offensive, and another step on a dangerous path for our country,” three committee executives Christy Roberts, Tim Persico and Noam Lee told The Post.
Kansas abortion vote will test public opinion
Elections next week in Kansas, which were scheduled for a year, have since become significantly higher stakes. Caviar was hit.
Aug. 2, Kansas will have the option to remove abortion protection from the state constitution, the first election in the nation, to test public opinion about abortion. If the protections are removed, the Republican-controlled State Legislature could impose new restrictions or ban the medical procedure altogether.
Restrictions on abortion in the state must pass a high level of “strict scrutiny” to become law. according to Kansas City Star. Almost all restrictions on procedure will be considered unconstitutional due to the fact that the state Supreme Court declared the right to bodily autonomy in 2019.
Politicians across the country are closely monitoring the election results, which could be used to shape public opinion on the issue ahead of the midterms. Only this year more than $11 million was invested in the elections by both sides, It is reported by The New York Times..
Although there are many more Republicans in Kansas than Democrats, polls on the issue in the state show that the election is relatively up in the air. With ballot language that critics say can be difficult to understand, the election will likely come down to which party can convince voters to go to the polls.
Judges give opposite rulings in two red states: Kentucky and South Carolina.
The struggle between abortion rights advocates and anti-abortion state legislators has continued this week, with Kentucky and South Carolina now in the spotlight.
A judge in Kentucky ruled in favor of continuing abortion, extending a block on the state’s abortion ban on Friday.
Two restrictive abortion laws in the state – a complete ban and another law banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy – most likely violated the constitution of KentuckyJudge Mitch Perry said.
But in South Carolina, on the contrary: the judge announced the state’s ban on abortion in six weeks can be applied at the momentas a case from abortion providers challenging the law continues.
Judge Casey Manning denied a request by abortion providers and doctors to allow the abortion to continue as the case of breaking the law moves through the court system. He took their efforts to the State Supreme Court.
The South Carolina law is one of the abortion bans aimed at punishing health workers: a person who performs an abortion in violation of the law, if found guilty, can be fined $10,000 and faces up to two years in prison.
And finally, news about West Virginia.
Last week we broke West Virginia judge’s decision to block enforcement of that state’s abortion ban in the 19th century.
West Virginia Republican Lawmakers This Week put forward a new account which seeks to ban abortion, except for the life of a pregnant woman. There are no exceptions for rape or incest.
The bill passed through two committees in the state House of Representatives. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, who previously said he was “pro-life,” added the item to the Legislature’s agenda.