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Wall Street Journal: As GOP Candidates Promote Extreme Abortion Bans, Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Run on Protecting Reproductive Rights

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A new report from the Wall Street Journal highlights how Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan, Gov. Tony Evers in Wisconsin, Democratic gubernatorial candidates Nan Whaley in Ohio, and Attorney General Josh Shapiro in Pennsylvania, among others, are running as the last line of defense against Republican efforts to ban or severely restrict abortion.

“Republican candidates throughout the region have said they welcome the chance to restrict abortion if the high court overturns Roe v. Wade,” the Wall Street Journal wrote. “At the same time, polls have shown that many Midwest voters support abortion rights … more than half of some 4,000 likely voters in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin believed that abortion should be always or mostly legal.”

See more key excerpts below and the full report here

  • The possible overturn of Roe v. Wade later this month is pushing abortion to the fore in governors’ races across the Midwest, where election outcomes could determine whether and to what degree abortion remains legal in those states if that case is struck down.
  • “Roe is on the ballot,” Nan Whaley, the Democratic candidate for governor of Ohio, said to a room full of women … “This has now become a voting issue, not just a court issue anymore.”
  • Gov. DeWine supports a bill to make abortion illegal without exceptions for rape or incest.
  • “When I said I’d fight like hell for abortion rights, I meant it,” said Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, after filing a lawsuit challenging a 1931 law banning abortion … At a debate in May, Republican contenders looking to challenge Gov. Whitmer, a Democrat, said they supported banning abortion.
  • The Republican candidate, state Sen. Doug Mastriano, a retired Army colonel, has said he would sign a bill to ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which he introduced to the state legislature, and stop state funding to Planned Parenthood.