Abortion will be a key issue for 2020 voters
A new poll shows that six in ten Americans say abortion is an important issue for their 2020 vote.
This week, The Washington Post reports abortion support is the highest it’s been in two decades as challenges against basic access mount across the United States, support in Texas has been growing too. Following state legislation to ban abortion, support for legal abortion ties with record-breaking numbers of support from 1990s.
As Republicans continue to try to appeal to minority extremists of the far-right by passing legislation to chip away at abortion access, voters across a diverse political spectrum continue to support access to abortion regardless of sex, state, and age.
“Even within party ranks, allowing or banning abortion in all cases is a minority position. Among Democrats, 77% say abortion should be at least mostly legal, but just over 4 in 10 (42%) say it should be legal in all cases. Among Republicans, 52% say it should be at least mostly illegal, but fewer than a quarter, 22%, want it to be illegal in all cases.”
This movement positions Democratic Presidential candidates to deliver on abortion forward policy, with several candidates demonstrating strong support for abortion access, such as New York Senator Kristen Gillibrand and former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro in last month’s debates. Candidates like Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and New Jersey Senator Corey Booker are also providing notably strong policy solutions like covering abortion through Medicaid.
The latest abortion restrictions will end with legal challenges that will make their way up to the Supreme Court of the United States. Meanwhile, Texas has demonstrated resilence to an extremist anti-abortion agenda by electing more abortion advocates to the state legislature and passing pro-active reproductive rights policy.
One thing is certain: Texas is a battleground state in 2020, and we’re looking forward to seeing candidates who support abortion access for all.