Republicans Double Down On Abortion

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

The Republican National Committee is pushing for all GOP candidates and lawmakers to double down on their anti-abortion stance ahead of the 2024 election. They are also urging them all to pass stricter anti-abortion legislation.

On Friday the RNC passed a new resolution calling for Republicans to pass legislation that would ban abortions following the sixth week. As they note this is because there should be no abortions performed after the fetus has a “heartbeat.” However, by the sixth week, very few people actually know or not whether they are pregnant.

In June the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that had protected abortion rights for close to five decades. The Democrats used abortion as one of the key topics that they campaigned for in the midterm elections. This allowed them to win an extra seat in the Senate, strengthening their majority, while only losing the House by a few seats.

Across the country, many voters opted for candidates that supported access to abortions. However, the GOP continues to follow its anti-abortion stance and does not use abortions as one of the key issues in its campaigns, instead focusing on inflation, crime, and the border crisis.

The RNC resolution, passed shortly after Ronna McDaniel won her fourth term as RNC chairwoman, pointed out that most Republicans have not yet taken complete advantage of the opportunity that the Supreme Court’s decision gave them. Instead, the resolution claims that many Republicans have fallen in line with the Democrat’s position.