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Abortion access could soon be decided by the states. Here’s what the next governors say.

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Each state begins at a distinct level. States which have seen unified Republican management — like Georgia or Arizona — have already got tight restrictions on abortion written into state regulation, which could take impact shortly after Roe is formally struck down. In Democratic-controlled Nevada, state regulation permits abortion procedures by 24 weeks of being pregnant — and that may solely be modified by a voter referendum.

Would-be governors could have the greatest influence on abortion coverage in states the place the events have break up management of late. Some, together with Michigan, have pre-Roe legal guidelines that both outright ban or severely restrict abortion procedures if Roe is overturned. Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer sued to attempt to throw out the outdated regulation, which has been briefly blocked as a part of one other lawsuit.

And in Kansas, a constitutional modification is on the poll in August to say there isn’t any proper to an abortion in the state, which might reverse a state Supreme Court choice from 2019. If it passes, the state’s choose for governor could have a giant say in any additional adjustments to state regulation.

Candidates who responded to POLITICO’s survey are quoted instantly, with mild modifying for brevity, readability and magnificence. For candidates who both didn’t reply or didn’t instantly answer the questions, POLITICO sought to signify their views on every question based mostly on earlier statements, media interviews, declared help for laws and different public acts.


Do you help the draft opinion’s choice to overturn Roe v. Wade?


Katie Hobbs (D): “No, I am outraged by this decision. It is an extreme assault on women’s reproductive freedom, and it takes us a giant step backward in our decadeslong fight for equality. As a social worker, I saw firsthand the devastating effects that a dangerous, traumatizing or unplanned pregnancy has on a woman and her family. The Supreme Court may have turned its back on women, but as governor, I never will.”

Marco López (D): “The proposed decision is an attack on reproductive freedom, keeping women and families from being able to make decisions for themselves and chart the course of their own lives. It will also primarily hurt low-income and rural families. Furthermore, it’s dangerous — abortions will still happen, they just won’t be in safe environments.”

Kari Lake (R): Yes. In an interview with KTAR, she mentioned abortion coverage “should fall [to] the states.”

Karrin Taylor Robson (R): Yes. Robson tweeted POLITICO’s reporting on the draft Supreme Court opinion, writing that “if this opinion holds, and I pray that it does” she would work to make the state “the most pro-life state in the union.”