What Virginia’s legislative elections could spell for 2024 on abortion rights: a phenomenological analysis of a physician’s perspective
Other voters who oppose abortion rights are contending with the fact that their options are sometimes limited to a Republican who supports less stringent restrictions than the total bans they want to see put in place.
Dunnavant is a practicing OB-GYN. She agrees with Youngkin’s support for a 15-week limit on abortion if there are certain exceptions. She voted against the bill because it didn’t include an exception for Fetal anomalies, which are usually detected 15 weeks after birth.
“‘Ban’ means none, prohibited, if you read it in the dictionary.” That’s fearmongering language they’re using against her, saidDunnavant of her opponent.
93 percent of abortions took place before 13 weeks, according to 2020 data from the CDC, with six percent between 14 and 20 weeks. Abortion advocates say the most affected by a potential 15-week ban are those who have pregnancies with fetal anomalies, and those who are rural, poor, or experiencing domestic partner abuse.
Democrats have made abortion rights a centerpiece in their campaign. Groups against new restrictions have poured millions into ads, and Democratic candidates mention abortion in more than 40 percent of their ads, according to advertising tracking firm AdImpact.
The Republican party won’t ever allow a vote to protect abortion access. There’ll be many votes to take it away,” he said at a canvassing event in late October.
“How often do you see someone’s rights just taken away from them, like the carpet pulled out from under your feet?” he told NPR while knocking doors in apartment complexes in his suburban district. Republicans are promising that in Virginia.
“I think the Virginia Democrats have been very, very disciplined about not getting into the weeds,” she told NPR. For voters there’s a fundamental freedom and right at stake.
Do you care about the gobbledygook? Well, not so bad. The Old Dominion as a temperature check on national politics
Lake said that people aren’t very good at math or biology when it comes to 15 week bans and six week bans. “People are like, ‘I don’t want to hear about all of this gobbledygook. I want to hear – do you support people’s fundamental freedom to make these healthcare decisions for themselves?'”
“Folks, in Virginia, the stakes have never been higher,” Biden said in a fundraising email sent by the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee. “Governor Glenn Youngkin and extreme Republicans have made it clear that they’re trying to take our country back on issues like choice.”
The Republicans have a number of voter boxes to check in order to target them. She’s a young woman who votes in a swing area that traditionally tilts blue, but is personally against abortion.
The most likely places to mobilize by the court’s decision are the crucial battleground districts, according to Lake.
She pointed out that young, independent, and suburban women are the very people who are swing voters in state legislative races.
Abortion rights groups have been on a winning streak with ballot measures that put the question of abortion straight to voters since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, doing away with constitutional protections for abortion rights. Even in deeply Republican states like Kansas, voters have overwhelmingly supported abortion access. But abortion opponents scored some important victories before the referendum on Tuesday. In this contest, voters will have to affirmatively vote “yes” on a constitutional change; Ohioans have historically tended to reject ballot amendments.
“One thing that’s really difficult to untangle is this is not a referendum on Tuesday,” said Brian Robinson, a Republican public affairs consultant in Georgia. “This is an election amongst candidates who stand for a variety of policies.”
I would have to convince voters that this is a priority for them and that they are going to decide their vote on it. If there’s a case like that in Virginia, it could be applicable to Georgia and to other swing states.”
Virginia, with its racial and economic diversity, has a reputation as being a sort of temperature check on national politics. Voters and politicos are paying attention to the Old Dominion knowing it could be a preview for what’s to come in the 2024 elections.
The First 11 Years: A Campaign for Issue 1 Proper Proposal for Voting for a Reproductive Law in the House and Senate
If there is a Republican majority in the House and Senate, I do not think you, me or any citizen will see a bait and switch. Youngkin said it would take 15 weeks. I think he’d put it in the bank.
The image of the GOP as extreme is something that helped Democrats in the midterm elections. Youngkin had previously carried areas that the Virginia Democrats have since won.
“So, we need to hold the House of Representatives, and flip the Senate, which is important to the path to a majority in the General Assembly,” he said while campaigning for three different candidates in the suburbs west of deep blueRichmond.
Glenn Youngkin, the Republican who won in an upset in 2001, is leading messaging about abortion for Virginia Republicans. They have adopted much of his position except for exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother.
Columbus area residents Beth and Kyle Long held hands as they walked into the Franklin County early voting center to cast their ballots for Issue 1, a proposed constitutional amendment that would enshrine abortion and other reproductive rights into the state’s constitution.
Beth, now 18 weeks pregnant after in vitro fertilization, is at the same point in her pregnancy as she was in January when she got an abortion after learning the fetus she was carrying had a fatal condition.
She said that the doctors told her that all of their organs were growing on the outside of her. There is nothing that can be done to separate that. No fetus has ever survived this condition, and yours won’t be the first.
The Ohio Senator’s Challenge for Taking the Faith of God seriously: The Case against the “Health of the mother exception” in a campaign to determine the future of the nation
The Longs were featured in one of the advertisements for Issue 1 and are viewed as a critical part of the contest to determine the direction of the nation over the next 20 years.
Baer says the “health of the mother exception” that permits abortion past the point of viability would allow for abortions up to birth. Doctors and attorneys alike have disputed that argument.
A county court put that law on hold a year ago after doctors brought a lawsuit claiming that while it had an exception for the life of the mother, some women were being put in situations that endangered their lives. The state appealed that ruling to the Republican-dominated Ohio Supreme Court, which includes three justices who have publicly gone on record as opposing abortion rights.
It will take the church, the body of Christ and pro-life activists to highlight how radical the abortion amendment is.
The messaging of the amendment’s opponents is that it would do away with the state law that requires parents to be involved before a minor can get an abortion.
Katelin Hansen said that it was a justice issue and that they follow a God that told them to care for the health of all people.
Before 2016, Ohio was considered a bellwether, swing state. After voting for Donald Trump two times and electing Republicans to control all statewide offices, the state of Ohio is now thought to be in the red column.
Why is rape and incest in Ohio so bad? The case of the Ohio Ballot Board chairman Frank LaRose
The ban on rape and incest in Ohio prevented a rape victim from having an abortion in the state, so she went to Indiana to get one.
“The vast majority of people in Ohio feel that there needs to be an exception for rape and incest, so that certainly will be part of what we all come up with if this thing is defeated,” DeWine says.
In addition to the governor talking about possible adjustments to sway voters to the “no” side, Republicans at the Statehouse have taken other actions to try to defeat the amendment. Knowing abortion would be on the ballot in the fall, Republican lawmakers put a measure on a special August ballot to change the constitution to require a 60% threshold of passage for constitutional amendments rather than a simple majority. It failed.
That language, which differs from the actual language in the amendment, omitted part of the amendment that addresses birth control and changed the word ‘fetus’ to ‘unborn child.’
The head of the Ballot Board, Secretary of State Frank LaRose, is one of the Republicans running in a primary to oppose Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown next year.
During the early voting period, LaRose removed thousands of voters from the rolls. LaRose’s office said they removed registrations for those who moved, died, or haven’t voted at their registered address for several years. Democrats called it a political move. LaRose took away voters from them without helping them register to vote in the election that has abortion rights and the legalization of marijuana on the ballot.
The former chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party thinks that propaganda and politics will make the vote extremely tight on the abortion rights amendment.
“I do think it’s closer overall because there’s been a lot of disinformation, a lot of this talk that you hear from the governor and others about it being too much — I think that’s actually having some impact,” Pepper says.
Up First Briefing: 1 month since Israel attacked Israel; Supreme Court gun control case (with an appendix by Manoush Zomorodi)
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One month ago today, Hamas militants attacked southern Israeli communities, killing more than 1,400 people and taking about 240 hostages. In Gaza, more than 10,000 people have been killed since Israeli airstrikes began, according to the Health Ministry there. While the U.S. seeks a pause in the fighting to facilitate hostage releases, many Israelis support a prisoner swap.
The Supreme Court hears arguments today on whether a federal law banning firearms for people under domestic violence restraining orders is constitutional. Similar state laws will face the same fate if the high court overturns the measure. The gun law must be similar to one that was in place at the time of the founding of the country, according to a court ruling last year.
Co-working startup WeWork has recently filed for Chapter 11. The company’s stock has plummeted from the start of the year, and a number of locations are expected to close.
Body Electric is a six-part investigation and interactive project with TED Radio Hour host Manoush Zomorodi exploring the relationship between our technology and our bodies… and how we can improve it.
For the past few weeks, Zomorodi has explored several ways technology can affect our bodies — from our eyesight to our mental health. During this time, thousands of people joined an NPR/Columbia study with the aim of incorporating movement breaks into their day.
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The results may determine whether Democrats find some reassurances on their approach to key issues like abortion, which was a bright spot for the party in a new New York Times/Siena poll that showed Donald J. Trump leading Mr. Biden in five critical swing states one year out.
Mr. Youngkin is testing a compromise that national Republicans hope will be a winning message after so many party losses since the Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to abortion: a ban on abortion access after 15 weeks of pregnancy, with exemptions for rape, incest and the life of a mother. Democrats say that is a ruse, but they must overcome the weight of Mr. Biden’s unpopularity.
The abortion issue is becoming a factor in Kentucky where the Democrats have used it to tarnish the Republican opponent for Governor, who defends the state’s total abortion ban. The incumbent Democratic governor, Andy Beshear, remains popular, with a family name (his father, Steve Beshear, was also a governor) and a moderate reputation that have insulated him against attacks that he is soft on crime and supports “radical” transgender rights.
The Supreme Court sided with Thomas E. Dobbs when it upheld Mississippi’s abortion ban.
The incumbent Republican governor, Tate Reeves, and the Democratic challenger, Brandon Presley, both oppose abortion, which has led to a pitched battle for governor in the Deep South.
The retired star pushed to expand Medicaid and lost $94 million in federal funds intended for Mississippi’s poor on projects like a college volleyball facility.
Mr. Reeves fired the investigating attorney after he issued a subpoena that could have revealed information about the involvement of prominent Mississippians.
Innocuous Taxes for Real Estate: The Case of Tate Reeves, an Outgoing Republican Candidate in Mississippi
Mr. Presley said in the debate that if he was elected he would sell beachfront property in his hometown of Nettleton to raise money for Tate Reeves to take on corruption.
But in Mississippi, Mr. Reeves has three advantages that could prove impenetrable: incumbency, the “R” next to his name on the ballot, and the endorsement of Mr. Trump, who won the state in 2020 by nearly 17 percentage points.
One amendment would forbid the state from imposing a “wealth” tax or a tax on the market value of assets owned but not sold. Liberal activists and some prominent Democratic senators, such as Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, have pushed such taxes as the only way to tap the wealth of billionaires, whose income taxes are minimal but whose vast, untaxed wealth supports lavish lifestyles.