The fallout from Dobbs hurt Republicans more than anything else in the midterms by making abortion a more salient issue with Independent voters than it otherwise would have been.
The latest: The state of Georgia filed an appeal to the state Supreme Court shortly after the law was overturned. …
What they’re saying: “After a long road, we are finally able to celebrate the end of an extreme abortion ban in our state,” said Monica Simpson, executive director of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, the lead plaintiff in the case.
“While we applaud the end of a ban steeped in white supremacy, it should not have existed in the first place. Now, it’s time to move forward with a vision for Georgia that establishes full bodily autonomy and liberation for our communities,” Simpson added.”
Before the election, the polls all showed Republicans were ahead with Independent voters, but that didn’t pan out and the impact varied by state. In Georgia, it was probably enough to cause the runoff. Warnock won 52% of Independent voters while Walker carried only 42% of them.
Georgia’s abortion ban is now headed to the Georgia Supreme Court. 8 out 9 justices on the Georgia Supreme Court were appointed by a Republican governor. Dobbs was like a bomb going off which created a weird midterm where the backlash was against the party which wasn’t in power in Congress. Over the next two years though, Red States and Blue States will settle the issue once and for all. Some states will keep their total abortion bans. Some states will make abortion more accessible. Some states will come down somewhere in the middle like Florida. We sill settle into a new post-Roe status quo.
In 2022, we got popped with a rubber band, but in 2024 the issue will be more settled. Nothing else coming out of the Supreme Court like banning affirmative action will have the same fallout.