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Stacey Abrams goes all-in on abortion as her poll numbers sag

Stacey Abrams, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Georgia, has planted her flag within the debate over abortion, saying there’s “no such thing” as a 6-week fetal heartbeat.

Ms. Abrams is difficult Gov. Brian Kemp within the fall election and is ramping up her criticism of the Supreme Court’s current ruling that overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade determination that made abortion a federal constitutional proper.

“There is no such thing as a heartbeat at six weeks,” Ms. Abrams mentioned this week at an occasion in Atlanta in feedback that raised eyebrows.

She dismissed heartbeat footage as “a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have the right to take control of a woman’s body.”

Long a pro-choice advocate, Ms. Abrams supplied a agency reminder of how far aside Ms. Abrams and Mr. Kemp are on abortion rights and restrictions.

The Republican National Committee tweeted out a clip of Ms. Abrams’ heartbeat quote with the phrases “REMINDER: Abrams supports NO LIMITS on abortion.”

Mr. Kemp in 2019 signed laws barring most abortions after six weeks of being pregnant and the legislation went into impact following this summer time’s Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization upholding a Mississippi legislation.

Ms. Abrams remarks got here on the identical day the Atlanta Journal Constitution launched a survey exhibiting Mr. Kemp held a 50% to 42% lead over Ms. Abrams.

The Democrat burst onto the scene as a voting-rights activist and got here inside 50,000 votes of defeating Mr. Kemp within the 2018 governor’s race, a stronger exhibiting than anticipated in a state that had been Republican-dominated for a few a long time.

The Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe has energized liberal activists and put some Republicans who declared themselves 100% pro-life in main races on their heels in aggressive normal races throughout the nation.

There additionally has been a spike in ladies registering to vote in some states, giving Democrats hope that the abortion challenge may assist shift consideration away from considerations over the financial system, inflation and crime.

But the jury is out on how the ruling will have an effect on races in Georgia and elsewhere. The Atlanta Journal Constitution survey discovered that simply 5% of possible voters recognized abortion as their prime challenge within the election.

At the identical time, the survey confirmed roughly half of possible voters mentioned they’d be extra prone to vote for a candidate who desires to guard entry to abortion.

The prime points for voters have been: price of residing, 20%; threats to democracy, 17%; jobs and the financial system, 16%; immigration, 14%; weapons, 10%, crime, 7%; local weather change, 6%; and abortion, 5%

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