With Roe overturned, U.S. Democrats turn abortion battle to November midterms

WASHINGTON, June 24 (Reuters) – Leading Democrats have sought to turn Friday’s Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade into a rallying cry for the November election, warning of dire consequences for women, contraception and same-sex marriage if the Republicans regain control of Congress.

In a 5-4 decision by its Conservative majority, the High Court overturned the landmark 1973 ruling that recognized a woman’s right to abortion and legalized it nationwide for nearly a year. half century. Read more

The decision was greeted as a resounding victory by anti-abortion Republicans and other conservatives, while Democrats and abortion rights activists protested what they described as a step backwards for American women’s rights.

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But with control of the House of Representatives and Senate on the line in the Nov. 8 midterm elections, Democrats have also warned that the rights of women and others will face new dangers if Republicans return to power. Congressional control.

“Republicans are plotting a national abortion ban. They can’t be allowed to have a majority in Congress to do this,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the city, told reporters. bedroom.

“It is clear that we only have to win the majority in November. Everything is at stake,” added Pelosi, a Catholic who was banned from communion last month by the archbishop of San Francisco because of his support for the right to abortion. Read more

According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, about 71% of Americans – including majorities of Democrats and Republicans – say decisions about terminating a pregnancy should be left to a woman and her doctor, rather than regulated by the government. . Read more

Democrats hope voter anger over the Supreme Court’s ruling will help them retain their wafer-thin margins of control in the House and Senate. With President Joe Biden’s approval rating plummeting, most forecasters have so far favored Republicans’ chances of winning at least a majority in the House.

“This fall, Roe is on the ballot. Individual liberties are on the ballot. Privacy, liberty, equality are all about it,” Biden said Friday.

It was unclear how easily Democrats could use the abortion rights message to rally support. Despite controlling the White House and both houses of Congress for nearly 18 months, Biden and his Democratic allies have disappointed their core supporters with repeated failures on burning issues such as abortion, voting rights and social spending.

Efforts to reform the Senate filibuster and overcome Republican opposition to Biden’s agenda have been crippled by opposition within their own party, particularly Democratic Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema.

Even their success in enacting moderate gun safety legislation proved uninspiring to staunch gun control advocates and was twice eclipsed by the Supreme Court, which vastly expanded gun rights. guns a day before overturning Roe v. Wade.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said voters would now have a clear choice between Democrats and “MAGA Republicans”, using an acronym for allies of former President Donald Trump.

“Elect more MAGA Republicans if you want nationwide abortion bans, jailing women and doctors, and no rape or incest exemptions. Or elect more pro-choice Democrats to save Roe,” he said. Schumer said in a statement.

House Republicans hailed the decision and openly talked about a way forward to “end abortion in this country.”

“The Supreme Court’s decision reversing Roe v. Wade, reversing this flawed decision, finally empowers states and Congress to protect life in a way that we have never been able to do in the past 50 years,” said Rep. Steve Scalise, the No. 2 House Republican. reporters.

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Reporting by David Morgan; additional reporting by Doina Chiacu, Katharine Jackson and Moira Warburton; Editing by Scott Malone and Alistair Bell

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