Headline RoundupSeptember 16th, 2022

Republicans Shift and Debate Abortion Stances Ahead of 2022 Elections

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Republicans have been grappling with how to handle the politics of abortion — an energizing issue for Democrats — ahead of the November general elections

When Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) proposed a national 15-week abortion ban, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell — a longtime proponent of similar bans — instead asserted that the issue should be left to states. While some Republican candidates supported Graham’s proposal, others like Nevada GOP gubernatorial candidate Joe Lombardo said they would oppose it. 

Several Republican candidates have moderated their public positions on abortion in recent weeks, prompting some accusations of hypocrisy from Democrats. One such candidate was Arizona’s Blake Masters, who previously called pro-choice advocates “demonic”; Masters removed his support of a fetal personhood law from his campaign website and said he supported a federal ban on third trimester abortions, only to then back Graham’s proposed 15-week federal ban.

Commentators from across the spectrum weighed in on Republicans’ approach to abortion ahead of the midterms. As might be expected, some analyses from the left implicitly opposed abortion restrictions, and some commentary from the right implicitly favored them. Some voices across the spectrum framed Graham’s proposed federal ban as divisive for Republicans. 

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