Headline RoundupJune 26th, 2022

Will the 2022 Elections Be Affected by the Roe v Wade Reversal?

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With the Supreme Court officially reversing Roe v Wade, some analysts are predicting that the move could have a notable impact on the 2022 elections.

State officials are now in the position to institute abortion restrictions into law in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling. While the abortion stances of most states are clear, some voices across the spectrum are suggesting there are a number of key swing states that could be swayed. Opinions are mixed across the political spectrum, however, as it might be too soon to tell if abortion will cement itself as a key issue in the upcoming midterm elections.

Many left-rated voices highlighted how the end of Roe "raised the stakes" of the midterm elections and argued that abortion could become a "key issue" in a number of state Senate races. Some left-rated voices noted how the reaction to the Supreme Court ruling was "far more casual on the right" and concluded that it won't "make a decisive difference at a time when voters have other problems on their minds" such as inflation and the economy.

On the other hand, many right-rated voices criticized the Democrats for using "fear mongering" to win back voters and linked to polls that highlighted how that strategy "may not work." Some right-rated voices who acknowledged the termination of Roe as a "political life raft" for the Democrats suggested that this is the "best thing to happen to them since Donald Trump."

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