Abortion Remains Dominant Issue in US Politics Two Years After Supreme Court Draft Leak

Two years after the Supreme Court draft leak, 14 states are enforcing abortion bans with limited exceptions, while Democrat-controlled states seek to protect and expand access. The issue is expected to be central in the 2024 elections, with several states set to have measures on the ballot in November.

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Abortion Remains Dominant Issue in US Politics Two Years After Supreme Court Draft Leak

Abortion Remains Dominant Issue in US Politics Two Years After Supreme Court Draft Leak

Two years after the leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade, consuming, us, politics, years after the landmark ruling in June 2022, which ended federal protections for abortion rights, has led to a wave of new restrictions and bans in Republican-led states, while Democrat-controlled states have sought to protect and expand access.

Why this matters: The ongoing battle over abortion rights has far-reaching implications for women's health, reproductive autonomy, and the role of government in personal decisions. The ongoing battle over abortion rights has far-reaching implications for women's health, reproductive autonomy, and the role of government in personal decisions. This issue will continue to shape political and legal frameworks, influencingvoters, politics and policy agendas at all levels of government.

Currently, 14 states are enforcing bans on abortion at all stages of pregnancy with limited exceptions, and several others have enacted restrictions at earlier stages. Despite the new restrictions, studies have found that the number of monthly abortions nationwide has remained relatively stable or even increased compared to before the Supreme Court decision.

The ongoing battle over abortion rights has had profound impacts on individuals across the country. Amanda Zurawski, a Texas woman who was denied an abortion despite a life-threatening pregnancy complication, has become a prominent activist. "I thought I would be a new mom with a newborn... Instead, I was in Tallahassee, Florida, meeting the vice president,"

With the 2024 elections approaching, abortion is expected to be a central issue in races at all levels of government. President Joe Biden'scampaign, ad, anniversaryhas already launched ads attacking former President Donald Trump, who appointed the Supreme Court justices that overturned Roe v. Wade, for his stance on the issue. Trump, for his part, has struggled to contend with the politics of abortion, deferring to states on the matter.

Several states are set to havemeasureson the ballot in November, including key battlegrounds like Arizona, Florida, and Nevada. Democrats and abortion rights advocates are hoping to capitalize on public support for access to build momentum heading into the election. "The will of the people is now able to be adhered to,"said Stephen Billy, vice president of state affairs for Susan B. Stephen Billy, vice president of state affairs for Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, acknowledging the shift in the political terrain.

Meanwhile, legal battles over abortion laws continue to play out in state courts across the country. In south Carolina, Planned Parenthood is challenging the state's six-week ban, arguing that it is based on an ambiguous definition of fetal heartbeat. judge, arguments, south

Two years after the Supreme Court draft leak, the fight over abortion shows no signs of abating. With the issue on the cusp of shaping the political and legal terrain for years to come, advocates on both sides are digging in for a prolonged struggle over one of the most polarizing topics in American society. "Some of it's exactly what we knew would happen... and others have been big surprises that have put, frankly, the anti-abortion movement on their heels,"said David Cohen, professor at the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University, underscoring the ongoing challenges and uncertainties in the battle over reproductive rights.

Key Takeaways

  • Two years after Roe v. Wade was overturned, 14 states have banned abortion with limited exceptions.
  • Despite new restrictions, the number of monthly abortions nationwide has remained stable or increased.
  • Abortion is expected to be a central issue in the 2024 elections, with several states having measures on the ballot.
  • Legal battles over abortion laws continue to play out in state courts across the country.
  • The fight over abortion shows no signs of abating, with advocates on both sides preparing for a prolonged struggle.