Kansas abortion rights vote helps Democrats, Schumer says

Erin Woods for voting against the abortion constitutional amendment campaigns for the district on August 1, 2022 in Lenex, Kansas.

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and other leading Democrats on Wednesday said an unexpectedly strong pro-abortion vote in “red” Kansas gives their party an edge over Republicans heading into the fall midterms.

“Last night, in the heart of America, the people of Kansas sent an unmistakable message to the Republican MAGA extremists to renounce basic women’s rights,” said Schumer, DN.Y. referring to the former president’s battle cry “Make America Great Again”. Donald Trump and his supporters.

With an extremely high turnout, Kansas on Tuesday voted 59% to 41% against a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the Republican-controlled state legislature to either ban or severely restrict abortion.

“What happened last night in red Kansas is a reflection of what is happening across the country and what will continue during the November election,” Schumer said on the Senate floor. “If it happens in Kansas, it will happen in many states.”

Strong voting for abortion rights in Kansas will continue through the November election, he said, “and Republicans who support these extremist MAGA policies that violate women’s rights do so at their own political risk.”

The vote was a crucial first test of how voters might respond. June Supreme Court decision to strike down the federal constitutional right to abortionthat has existed since the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade in 1973

The Supreme Court’s latest decision is effective leaves it up to individual states to decide how strictly to regulate or outright prohibit abortion.

Nearly half of the states are expected to enact a total or near total ban on the procedure, despite the fact that opinion polls consistently show that the vast majority of Americans believe abortion should be legal. On Tuesday, t.The Ministry of Justice filed a lawsuit is trying to block enforcement of a new abortion law in Idaho that goes into effect later this month and would make abortion a felony in almost all cases.

The pro-life loss in Kansas on Tuesday was a staggering one because the state is solidly backing Republicans, whose anti-abortion party, in national elections. The Democratic Party, on the other hand, strong supporter of the right to abortion.

In the 2016 presidential election, then-Republican nominee Trump defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by more than 20 percentage points in Kansas, helping to seal his victory in the national White House election.

Trump defeated the President Joe Biden in Kansas by nearly 15 percentage points in 2020.

Anti-abortion groups have spent millions of dollars promoting the Kansas Amendment.

But as of Wednesday morning, the no vote on the Kansas anti-abortion amendment was ahead of the yes vote by about 18 percentage points, with 99% of the vote counted.

Since Biden’s 2020 national victory Democrats were expected to struggle in the November elections to maintain their majorities in both houses of Congress. The incumbent’s incumbent party typically performs poorly in midterm races, and individual Senate seats up for re-election are no guarantee for Democrats.

But leading Democrats on Wednesday were buoyed by the results in Kansas, even if they didn’t all predict it meant they would keep their majority.

The results come after a new national poll by Monmouth University showed that support for Democrats in the general vote has risen significantly since June, when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. USA. Wade.

Monmouth’s latest poll showed that 50% of Americans now prefer Democrats to control Congress, compared to 43% who prefer Republicans to win a majority. The same poll, with a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points, showed Biden’s approval rating at just 38%.

A poll in Monmouth in June showed that the parties are absolutely equal: 47% against 47% in voters’ preferences. And in May, Republicans led Democrats by 4 percentage points when people were asked in a poll which party should control Congress.

“I think everyone knows that the reaction across America to this Supreme Court decision is powerful,” the senator said. Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin told reporters on Wednesday. “People don’t stay at home. They come to the polling stations, I think that in November this will have an impact.”

Asked if that influence would be enough to keep the majority of his party alive, Durbin replied, “I wouldn’t say that, wouldn’t go that far, but I’ll tell you this. that the Republicans are in a difficult position.”

He said reports of extreme situations in which women are endangered because they are denied access to abortion are making the news. “And it’s not very popular with voters,” he said.

Another senior Democrat, senator. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut told reporters, “The American people are fed up with politicians trying to tell them what to do with their lives and bodies.”

“The anger, the anguish, the anxiety that was expressed in Kansas is so widespread in this country that I think November will be a key indicator,” Blumenthal said.

But the senator is a Republican. Josh Hawley of Missouri said, “I just doubt it” when asked if the abortion rights issue would see Democrats retain their majority.

“I think we’ll get them both back,” Hawley said, referring to the Senate and House of Representatives.

The abortion rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America suggested that Hawley’s trust was not justified.

“At a time when reproductive freedom is under unprecedented threat across the country, Kansas has said loud and clear at the polls, ‘We’ve had enough,'” NARAL President Mini Timmaraju said in a statement.

“In the heart of the United States, advocacy for access to abortion is inspiring voters like never before, and this mobilization is just beginning. Reproductive freedom is the winning issue now and in November,” Timmaraju said.