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Washington Post: Roe v. Wade Fight Already Having “Big Consequences” in Gov Races
In case you missed it, Washington Post columnist Karen Tumulty highlighted that fight for women’s reproductive rights is being waged in gubernatorial races across the country. Democratic governors like Oregon Gov. Kate Brown are stepping up to protect those rights, while Democratic candidates are making it a key issue in their elections.
Read more about how reproductive rights are influencing governor’s races here or read excerpts below:
Washington Post: Where the real fight over abortion will take place
In Rhode Island, Gov. Gina Raimondo, a Democrat running for a second term, has called for a special legislative session to codify abortion rights into state law.
…Most of the attention surrounding the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh has focused on the fireworks taking place in the Senate.
But the truth is, Republicans probably will have the votes they need to confirm a stalwart originalist from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and give the high court a sharper rightward tilt. That means big consequences outside Washington, where the politics of this Supreme Court choice are heating up the governors’ races underway this year in 36 states.
“This is an issue for all of us, and the states are obviously where the action is,” said Oregon Gov. Kate Brown , who is up for reelection. She has blasted her GOP opponent, state Rep. Knute Buehler, for saying that “abortion in this country is mostly settled as a legal matter.”
If Roe v. Wade is overturned — or, as is more likely, chipped away — states will have more leeway to impose restrictions or outright prohibitions.