19 Oct. In November’s midterm elections, Democrats will be fighting for several tough Senate seats as they try to pass laws across the country that make abortion legal.
After the Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade in June, Biden asked voters to help him get a majority in the Senate and keep the House to protect abortion rights.
At the DNC’s “Restore Roe” event, Biden warned voters that Republicans will make it harder to get reproductive health care and ban abortions across the country.
The Senate’s swing vote is Vice President Kamala Harris, but Democrats can’t get a supermajority.
34 of the 100 Senate seats will be up for election on November 8, and the winners will take office on January 3, 2023.
Special elections also happen. One in Oklahoma to finish the term of Jim Inhofe. Inhofe steps down on January 3, 2023. The second is not as important and will fill the last few weeks of Harris’s term in California. The 35th regular election will be held this year.
Biden has promised to sign a bill to make Roe vs. Wade law on the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision, which is January 22, 2023.
Last month, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., introduced a bill to ban abortions after 15 weeks, with some exceptions. After some states passed laws in response to the June Supreme Court decision, Democrats fought back against it.
After the high court’s ruling in July, the House passed two bills that put Roe vs. Wade into law and protected people who travel out of state for an abortion. A few weeks later, senators from both parties introduced a bill guaranteeing federal access to abortion, even though Republicans didn’t vote for it.
In his speech on Tuesday, Biden focused on the races for the Senate in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, and Georgia. The president’s party has lost legislative seats in all but two midterm elections since World War II. This could make it hard to change the balance of power in the chamber.
Mehmet Oz and John Fetterman are running to replace retiring Republican Sen. Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania, which is a battleground state where national politics are watched.
Democrats criticize Oz’s pro-abortion attitude. In an interview in 2019, Oz defended the right to an abortion. The father of four, who is 62, is “very pro-life.” He is for making exceptions for rape and incest, and he is against making abortion illegal.
Fetterman tried to make Oz answer for his actions. “All abortions are murder,” Fetterman said about Oz’s 2019 interview. “I think the decision should be made by the woman and her doctor. That’s it. Oz has to pick.”
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People are also paying attention to the race in North Carolina to replace retiring Republican Sen. Richard Burr, who voted to impeach former President Trump.
Cheri Beasley, who used to be the head of the state Supreme Court, has made abortion a central part of her political platform. Millions of dollars are being spent by Democrats on her campaign.
Beasley, who is 56 years old, said Friday night, “I’ll work to make Roe v. Wade law.” “I’ll support Roe v. Wade’s protections and restrictions on abortions later in pregnancy and extreme cases. When the life of a woman is at risk.”
Rep. Ted Budd, R-North Carolina, is supported by Trump and is against abortion.
“I think that life starts at conception and that our society shouldn’t kill millions of unborn children each year through abortion. I’ll defend life” Reads what Budd said.
The 50-year-old dad of three helped pass a law that makes abortions illegal after 15 weeks. Rep. Val Demings, a Democrat, wants to unseat Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican, in Florida.
On Tuesday night, Rubio and Demings talked about abortion rights. Demings warned Rubio, “We’re not going back, no matter how obsessed you are with women’s bodies and choices.”
Women won’t be treated like property again. She criticized Rubio for saying that there should be no exceptions for abortions caused by rape or incest.
Demings wanted there to be no limits on abortion, which Rubio called extreme. Demings said she was okay with abortions until the baby could live, but she didn’t say much more.
The abortion issue in Southern states. A Spectrum News/Siena College poll found that abortion is the most important issue for 21% of all voters and 36% of Democrats.
In a news release, Siena College Research Institute director Don Levy said, “Economic issues are by far the most important election issue for Republicans and independents.”
“For women, abortion is the second most important issue, but not for men. For black voters, racial justice is more important than the economy.”
Former NFL player Herschel Walker is running against Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock in Georgia.
Walker is against abortion, even though it is said that he paid for one of his children to have an abortion. At first, the 59-year-old man denied giving the woman $700, but later he admitted it.
He has also denied saying that anti-abortion laws should have “no exceptions,” even though he was caught saying that. Warnock is Georgia’s first black senator. He hasn’t said anything bad about Walker’s politics but has praised his honesty.
The 53-year-old candidate for senator has been speaking out more. After Warnock beat former Georgia Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler in 2020, Walker’s win could have big effects in the Senate.
Warnock said, “I think he wants Georgians to have hallucinations and think he’s a senator.”
He is not ready.