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The Overturn of Roe Cost the GOP. So Why are Republicans now Doubling Down on Abortion Bans?

Misogyny is what turns out their base. (Click image for article.)

Photo: Ronna McDaniel, Chairwoman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) holds the gavel at the start of the 2023 Republican National Committee Winter Meeting in Dana Point, California, on January 27, 2023. (PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

 

If there was one inescapable takeaway from the midterm elections, it was this: Abortion is a losing issue for Republicans.

Despite reams of historical evidence suggesting November 2022 was going to produce a “red wave,” Democrats racked up dramatic wins, seizing state and federal offices and retaining control of the Senate. Much of the post-election data on why was messy— except when it came to abortion. On that issue, study after study showed that support for abortion rights after the overturn of Roe v. Wade in June was a major — and often deciding — factor. The implicit political advice to Republicans couldn’t be clearer: Back off the draconian abortion restrictions. They’ve done no such thing, however.

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