The Supreme Court Could Overturn Roe v. Wade. What Could This Mean For The 2022 Midterm Elections?

Bryan Dijkhuizen

Since it is possible that the Supreme Court could overturn Roe v. Wade, the future of reproductive rights in America is set to become a significant and perhaps defining issue in the 2022 midterm elections.

The Mississippi Supreme Court is set to rule on a state statute prohibiting most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy next summer, just as the election campaign is getting into full swing.

At a hearing this week, the Supreme Court's conservative supermajority indicated its intention to preserve the legislation, breaking with decades of tradition and perhaps adding a volatile new component in political politics in the process.

Democratic campaign organizations from coast to coast and abortion rights organizations are stepping up their efforts to harness the fury and pain of pro-choice voters and mobilize them to the polls in November.

On the national level, Senate Democrats emphasize the significance of keeping their majority to confirm a new judge if President Joe Biden is given a chance to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court.

Leading Democrats in the states are warning that Republican victories in legislative and gubernatorial races will spark a new wave of efforts to outlaw or severely curtail abortion rights, similar to the hundreds of restrictions that have been enacted in the last decade — this time without the protection of the Constitution to slow or halt them.

Conservatives have prioritized consolidating power in the state's Democrats over the previous several decades, placing them at a competitive disadvantage that they are currently trying to overcome.

GOP spokeswoman Joanna Rodriguez told CNN that Republican candidates for governor in the next election year would have themes targeted to their respective electorates — and cautioned that Democratic efforts to nationalize the issue might have diminishing results.

According to several national polls, abortion rights are strongly supported. According to an ABC News/Washington Post poll conducted last month, 60 percent of Americans believe Roe v. Wade should be maintained in its entirety.

Only 27 percent of those polled thought it should be reversed.

However, that advantage, which has been stable over time, has not always been reflected at the voting box, as the intensity of abortion rights opponents has outstripped that of abortion rights supporters on many occasions.

"When we saw the Texas ruling a few months ago, there were reproductive justice marches across the state," Wisconsin state treasurer Sarah Godlewski said. "And I haven't seen energy like that in a very long time, where women were organizing in places that you don't often see on issues like this."

Leading abortion rights organizations and some leading progressives are also concerned that Democratic voters disillusioned by internal squabbling and stalled legislative efforts by the party's majorities on Capitol Hill will not turn out in large numbers to vote against Republicans in the upcoming election.

Democrat Gretchen Whitmer and Republican Tony Evers are running for re-election as governors of Michigan and Wisconsin in 2022 gubernatorial campaigns that will get national attention.

Both governors currently serve in states with Republican-controlled legislatures. On Friday, Evers posted a photo of himself at a desk, surrounded by a group of ladies, writing something down on a piece of paper.

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