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In today’s Quickie: Abortion and the midterm elections.
The pundits were wrong. Abortion rights was the game changer this election – defying precedent, history, and the political prognosticators, propelling monumental victories for reproductive rights champions and abortion access across the country.
ABORTION RIGHTS WINS: When abortion is on the ballot, we win. Last night, voters in Kentucky, Michigan, Vermont, Montana, and California all affirmatively protected abortion rights in ballot measures. Alexis McGill Johnson, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, celebrated the initial Election Night results:
“Kentucky, Michigan, Vermont, and California proved that when reproductive freedom is on the ballot, voters choose control over their bodies, lives, and futures every time. Abortion rights win.”
So far, key abortion rights champions have won up and down the ballot in statewide races across the country:
- Senator Maggie Hassan (D-New Hampshire)
- Senator-elect John Fetterman (D-Pennsylvania)
- Governor Laura Kelly (D-Kansas)
- Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D-Michigan)
- Governor Tim Walz (D-Minnesota)
- Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-New Mexico)
- Governor-elect Josh Shapiro (D-Pennsylvania)
- Governor Tony Evers (D-Wisconsin)
ABORTION RIGHTS TAKE CENTER STAGE: Abortion was top of mind for voters at the ballot box.
According to exit polling from Edison Research, 27% of voters said abortion was the most important issue in this election, just below the economy. In a 2022 Midterm Election Voter Poll, 74% of voters said the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade was the primary or one of many important factors in their vote. Abortion rights was a motivating issue across racial lines: 44% of Black voters, 40% of Native American voters, and 39% of Latino voters called the court’s Dobbs decision the “primary” reason they are voting this year.
This fight is far from over and it will take more than one election to undo the harm caused by the Supreme Court’s devastating decision that allowed state politicians to ban abortion. Already, approximately one in three women live in a state with an abortion ban – and we know that due to centuries of systemic discrimination, these bans fall the hardest on Black, Latina, Indigenous, and other people of color. Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations will continue holding all our elected officials accountable, and you will continue to see us showing up at capitols across the country to fight for our rights and freedom.