Republicans are hoping to get state laws passed that can be used to be advanced to the current Supreme Court in efforts to overturn the legal right to have abortions in the United States…
Oregon, Alabama and West Virginia voters will face separate ballot initiatives next month aimed at restricting abortion access in those states.
These initiatives fit into a larger fight over abortion that continues to heat up. Anti-abortion advocates hope that changes at the state level can be used as test cases and later implemented more broadly, while abortion rights advocates hope to defeat them. A particularly contentious ballot initiative can be used as a messaging move to drive voters to the polls in tight elections such as this fall’s West Virginia Senate race.
The abortion fight isn’t new to the polls. In 2014, three states weighed in at the ballot box, while two did so in 2012, according to the nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures. No abortion language was on the ballot in 2016….