WASHINGTON POST: “Republicans, on Cusp of abortion Win, Seek To Change The Subject”

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Republicans in Congress attempt to distract from their extreme and deeply unpopular position on abortion

WASHINGTON, D.C. — While the Biden-Harris Administration is fighting for the right to access abortion and reproductive health care, Republicans in Congress are attempting to distract from their extreme agenda on banning abortion because they know their position is deeply unpopular with the American people. Unlike Republicans in Congress, whose extreme stance on abortion is at odds with most Americans, President Biden is fighting to protect reproductive freedom for all. He believes the decision to get an abortion should be between a person and their doctor – not Republicans in Congress or conservatives on the Court.

The data is stark: overturning Roe v. Wade is deeply unpopular: 

  • Washington Post: “Majority of Americans say Supreme Court should uphold Roe, Post-ABC poll finds.”
  • CNN: “Just 30% of Americans say they’d like to see the Supreme Court completely overturn its Roe vs. Wade decision, with 69% opposed — a finding that’s largely consistent both with other recent polling and with historical trends.”
  • Gallup: “80% of the American public think abortion should be legal.”
  • Univision55% of Latinos support the protections of Roe vs. Wade.

No wonder Republicans in Congress are seeking to distract from their extreme, unpopular agenda:

  • Washington Post: “[M]any GOP lawmakers — including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, an architect of a conservative revolution in the federal courts — said they were more concerned about the leak and its implications than the substance of the opinion.”
  • Washington Post: “Several other Republicans said they saw no advantage in engaging in the debate over abortion rights that Democrats have been eager to spark in recent days.”
  • Washington Post: “Already there are signs that Republicans, despite their years of activism, are not fully prepared for the thorny political ramifications of a post-Roe political atmosphere.”
  • Washington Post: “Republicans reluctant to tout Roe decision they have long sought.”
  • NPR: “Senate Republicans zero in on the abortion decision leak, not its impact.”