November 6, 2014

THE CULTURE WARS ARE A ROUT:

The Fight for Abortion Rights Just Got a Whole Lot Harder : Activists thought they had a chance to expand reproductive rights. The Red Wave put an end to that. (Molly Redden,  Nov. 6, 2014, Mother Jones)

The GOP wave didn't just crash into the US Senate. It flooded state legislatures, as well. By Wednesday evening, Republicans were in control of 67 of the nation's 99 state legislative chambers--up from 57 before the election. It's still unclear which party will control two other chambers.

Already, anti-abortion advocates are calling it a big win. Hundreds of the country's most extreme anti-abortion bills pop up in these statehouses every year, and Tuesday's results won't do anything to put a stop to that. But reproductive rights advocates also suffered big setbacks Tuesday in places where they had actually been playing offense. Now, Democratic losses in states like Colorado, Nevada, New York, and Washington could torpedo their efforts to expand reproductive rights. [...]

"We were really hopeful," says Christina Chang, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood NYC Votes. "But a lot of the folks who won seats have not expressed support for the Women's Equality Act...After last night's elections, we have a harder road ahead of us."

Posted by at November 6, 2014 11:41 AM
  

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