Election 2023: Even in Southern states, abortion is a top issue

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Off-year elections in two Southern states are set to take place next week, with big money being spent by pro-abortion lobbies in traditionally Republican strongholds and candidates sparring with each other over abortion more than a year after Roe v. Wade was repealed by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The 2022 repeal of Roe sent shockwaves throughout the U.S. political landscape. Decided in 1973, Roe had for half a century guaranteed an effectively unfettered right to abortion throughout the United States until the Supreme Court struck it down last June.

In both Kentucky and Mississippi’s gubernatorial races, abortion has arisen as a significant issue in the campaigns there, with Democrats and Republicans defending their records and policies on the matter.

See the article by Daniel Payne, November 3, 2023