Donald Trump undermined his own candidacy when he went on Fox News Channel at the same time that his rivals, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former South Carolina Governor and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, were debating on CNN.
Trump bragged about ending Roe V Wade, abortion rights, which had existed for a half century, and that reality has already hurt Republicans in seven states—Ohio, California, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, Vermont, and Kansas, with all but California and Vermont being Republican or contestable states in the Presidential Election of 2024.
The following states are having battles over putting abortion access on the ballot, with abortion rights advocates hoping they will have enough signatures to insure it is on the ballot with the Presidential and Congressional Elections coming up in November 2024.
Some of the above states already still allow abortion access, but want to put it on the ballot to insure the future right.
The majority of women, racial minorities, educated people, and young voters will have success in restoring the rights of women over their own bodies, as there is no concern about the lives of prengant women who are endangered by their medical conditions while pregnant.
This is causing the deaths of women, and some surviving, but no longer able to have children due to dictatorial state governments interfering with the right to choose their reproductive lives!
Donald Trump bragging about the end of abortion rights, and his renewed attack on the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) are two issues that seem likely to insure that the Democrats and Joe Biden will have issues that will resonate with voters in the Presidential Election Of 2024.
About 40 million people benefit from ObamaCare and Medicaid expansion coverage available due to the Affordable Care Act.
Abortion being legal and available has been supported in Kansas, Vermont, Montana, Michigan, Kentucky, California and Ohio since the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs V. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, and has galvanized those who believe in women’s rights and civil rights.
Abortion Rights won the day yesterday in the 2023 elections!
Ohio voters by 14 points agreed to put abortion rights into the state Constitution.
Virginia voters gave Democrats control of both houses of the state legislature, a blow to Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin, who was promoting abortion restrictions to be put into state law.
Kentucky reelected Democratic Governor Andy Beshear who promoted abortion rights, which already had been supported earlier by citizen vote in 2022.
So now, 8 states have rejected the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe V Wade, including
Kansas in August 2022
Vermont, Montana, Michigan, Kentucky, California in November 2022
Kentucky again yesterday, along with Ohio and Virginia
Religious people have a right to their views, but NOT to impose it on the entire population, and to dictate the reproductive lives of American women!
Ever since Roe V Wade was repealed by the Supreme Court in June 2022 in the Dobbs V Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision, seven states have seen voters choose to support abortion rights!
This is a winning issue for Democrats, and a massive losing proposition for Republicans!
Ohio is the most recent state to reject making it harder to promote citizenship rights, including abortion rights, which will be directly voted on in November in that state.
Previously, California, Vermont, and Michigan passed constitutional amendments guaranteeing the right to an abortion.
Also, Kentucky rejected amending the state constitution to prevent the right to an abortion.
And Kansas rejected an amendment of similar language.
And Montana voted NOT to prosecute medical workers involved in abortion care.
Realize that four of these states—Ohio, Kentucky, Kansas, and Montana are Republican states, and Michigan was until the 2022 Midterm Elections when the Democrats gained massively.
So only California and Vermont were really Democratic controlled states.
So this is proof that by vast margins, Americans want abortion rights to be protected, despite the actions of Republicans and the Supreme Court!
North Carolina just became, finally, the 40th state to expand Medicaid for its poorer, less fortunate citizens!
It is mind boggling that TEN states, mostly Southern, refuse to care about health care for millions of their populations combined.
These states are:
This needs to be emphasized for those states that are likely to have Republican Presidential contenders, including Florida (Ron DeSantis), Texas (Greg Abbott and Ted Cruz), and South Carolina (Nikki Haley, Tim Scott).
It is unconscionable that Republicans who are supposedly “pro life” on abortion have no concern about the lives of their poor constituents!
It is a crime against humanity, and should be rectified!
Hard to believe, but in 2023, there are still ELEVEN states that have refused to take care of their poorer citizens by expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare)!
Eight of these eleven states are in the South, including the megastates of Texas and Florida, and that should be used by the Democrats against Greg Abbott and Ron DeSantis, when and if they announce for President, which at least, DeSantis is expected to do soon!
The other states that are recalcitrant, and show lack of concern for the lives of their less fortunate citizenry are Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee!
Also, outliers outside the South are Kansas, Wisconsin, and Wyoming!
It is time for these eleven states to stop their resistance, and protect human lives, as much as they are pushing for protecting every fetus in the womb!
The right wing extremist majority on the US Supreme Court may have ended Roe V Wade in June 2022, and many states, “Red” states, have worked to destroy a woman’s right to control their own bodies.
It is all very disconcerting, the lack of respect for women, and men would not tolerate if they were told, for instance, they had to get a vasectomy, so that they could not make every woman pregnant without personal responsibility of the man involved!
But when one looks at Americans voting on the subject of abortion rights, we find that those opposed to abortion lost in many state and congressional races in 2022, and that the rights of women were upheld consistently.
And in six states in 2022, there were ballot measures which insured abortion rights:
California, Michigan, and Vermont voted to insure state constitutional rights to abortion.
Kansas and Kentucky voted to reject ballot measures to take away abortion rights, and both states are generally “Red”, although the Kansas Governor, Laura Kelly, is a Democrat.
Montana voted down The Born-Alive Infant Protection act, and is also seen as primarily “Red”, although Senator Jon Tester is a Democrat in his third term.
So it is clear that there is widespread support for abortion rights, so the battle must go on!
In the wake of the shocking Supreme Court decision in Dobbs V Jackson Women’s Health Organization in June, reversing Roe V Wade and abortion rights, yesterday Kansas, a strong Republican and conservative state, chose to continue to keep abortion rights in the state constitution.
The vote was 59 percent to 41 percent, and the turnout was twice the normal amount in a midterm primary in Kansas, 900,000 votes, instead of about 450,000 votes.
This gives hope that abortion rights will be a major issue in November, and help Democrats keep control of Congress and win many state election contests.
Women, young people, and educated suburbanites are seen as outraged by the Supreme Court taking away a right granted 49 years ago, and hopefully, abortion rights will be protected after the election, as pro choice people are going to fight tooth and nail in every state, as they just did in the “Sunflower State”!
Five states are holding primaries today, and they are crucial for the future.
In Kansas, those who vote can insure the continuation of abortion rights, or make Kansas a backward, oppressive state.
In Missouri, we could end up having a former governor, Eric Greitens, accused of sexual and physical abuse of others, including his former wife and children, become the Republican nominee for the US Senate!
There are primaries for three Republican House members who voted to impeach Donald Trump, one in Michigan, and two in Washington state.
And Arizona looks as if it is on the way to nomination of Republicans who are promoters of the “Big Lie”, that Donald Trump won the Presidential Election of 2020, not President Joe Biden.
This is a scary, troubling time, and could portend greater grief and suffering in the future!
Former Kansas Senator Bob Dole, the Vice Presidential running mate of Gerald Ford in 1976, and Republican Presidential nominee in 1996 against Bill Clinton, passed away on Sunday at the advanced age of 98!
Dole served nearly 40 years in American national government, including service in the House of Representatives from Kansas, as well as the Senate.
Dole was a true American hero, and suffered immensely when wounded in World War II as the war in Europe neared an end in April 1945, and spent three plus years in a military hospital recovering, and never had the use of his right arm, as a result of grievous injuries.
Dole was an historic figure, who fought hard for his Republican views, but also had humanity and a sense of humor, and often worked across the aisle with Democrats.
Dole served as Senate Majority Leader and Senate Minority Leader, and was also Republican National Chairman at one point, as well as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.
Dole is a giant figure in the history of the Republican Party, and was well regarded by politicians in both parties, and millions of Americans!