While 19 states have passed legislation banning or restricting abortion since Dobbs’ ruling, other efforts have failed. Kansas voters last year rejected a proposed amendment that said there was no right to abortion under the state constitution, while in Michigan, voters approved an amendment that guaranteed the right to an abortion.
The Democratic Rep. Elissa Slotkin, citing the number of Michigan State University students who registered and voted on Election Day, credited the Michigan referendum with helping her win what was expected to be a tight race by more than 5 percentage points.
‘Worse and worse’
“One thing we’ve learned since Dobbs is that abortion is not a partisan issue,” said Jessie Hill, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland who specializes in reproductive rights. “Abortion rights are very popular even among Republicans, but what happens in states like Ohio is that Republicans tend to win overwhelmingly because people don’t vote on that issue. reproductive choice and how to vote of Republican politicians when they get into office.
“You can expect some sort of compromise position to emerge in some of these states,” Hill said. “I think some of the Supreme Court justices envisioned that was the world we’d end up with and it’s the opposite, especially in red states, where politics is pulling legislatures toward greater restrictions on abortion.”
Pro-abortion groups aligned with Republicans, such as Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, argue that Republicans should not shy away from promoting their position on abortion. The group is advocating for all Republican presidential candidates to support limiting abortion in the first 15 weeks of pregnancy and to promote that standard across the country.