“Get the fuck out of our vaginas!” That’s the impassioned rallying cry which continues to be loudly heard across America, and it was shouted from the mountaintops once again in this week’s off-year elections in Ohio, VA and elsewhere.
The big victory was in Ohio, where voters chose to enshrine abortion rights in its state constitution, ending Republicans’ relentless and underhanded attempts to strip women of their reproductive rights.
In Virginia, voters rejected Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s promise to enact a 15-week abortion ban by not only voting to keep the Senate in Democrat control, but they also flipped the House. This gives Democrats full control of the state legislature and serves to abort (pun intended) Youngkin’s right-wing dream of controlling women’s bodies and family-planing decisions.
And in Kentucky, incumbent Gov. Andy Beshear in his campaign spent millions to draw a major distinction on abortion with his Republican opponent Daniel Cameron.
Since the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decisions last year which overturned 30–50 years of settled law with Roe v Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, seven states have held abortion-related ballot issues, and abortion rights advocates have won all seven contests. Kansas, Kentucky and Montana defeated anti-abortion measures while California, Michigan and Vermont approved them.
Similar measures to protect, limit, or ban reproductive rights may be on the ballot next year in Arizona, Missouri, Florida, Oklahoma, Arkansas, South Dakota, Iowa, Nevada, Colorado and Pennsylvania
And earlier this year in Wisconsin a liberal candidate, Milwaukee County Judge Janet Protasiewicz, won that state’s open Supreme Court seat which resulted in liberals controlling the high court and thereby staving off yet another conservative attack on reproductive rights.
So is this a sign of things to come in November ’24? It sure as fuck is. Because, despite knowing that the nation is overwhelmingly pro-Roe, Republicans simply cannot help themselves. Vaginas and uteruses are like crack to them. They can’t get off the pipe.
They justified Dobbs by insisting that abortion should be left to the states. That obviously hasn’t aged well. So now they’ve not only reversed Roe, they’ve reversed course on Roe by pushing for national bans ranging from 6–15 weeks.
Which is why when it comes to voting, there’s not one single issue that drives more people to the polls — and literally drives them mad — especially suburban women and women of color. These are two extremely critical Democratic constituencies and, given the stats, they’ve clearly been joined by moderate Republican and independents in defeating these measures.
And which is why Republicans, because of their obsession with controlling women’s bodies, have not only lost every single abortion measure, but practically every single major and special election since 2016. And to that I say, more please…