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‘Abortion Wins Elections,’

— Ryu Spaeth, features editor, New York

In the 2022 midterms, Democrats defied the historical odds in elections across the country thanks largely to one issue: abortion. Great. Now what? That’s the question New York’s Rebecca Traister has endeavored to answer in our latest cover story, an impassioned, deeply reported investigation into what Democrats are doing in response to the Supreme Court striking down Roe v. Wade last summer. The good news is that one of the party’s most urgent policy issues is also wildly popular, which, according to some Democrats, creates a path to federal abortion legalization possibly by the end of a Joe Biden second term. The bad news is that Biden specifically and the party more broadly still have trouble talking about abortion at all. As Rebecca argues, it is long past time for party members to stand up for what they believe in: “In every case, Democrats should present abortion as simply and plainly integral to an American ideal, a promise made without apology but also without fetishization.”
Abortion Wins Elections The fight to make reproductive rights the centerpiece of the Democratic Party’s 2024 agenda.
Illustration: Pentagram for New York Magazine
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