Women didn't just take to the streets in protest of the Supreme Court eliminating the constitutional right to an abortion — they're taking to the campaign trail. Democratic organizers say they have seen a surge in women expressing interest in running for office after the court overturned Roe v. Wade, which for 50 years had protected the right to seek an abortion.
Individual states are now ground zero in the fight over abortion rights. The Guttmacher Institute, which supports abortion rights, estimated 26 states will ban or restrict abortion. Patients' access to an abortion will be largely determined by state legislatures and leadership. Dems feel that women will be their savior, but they forgot Republicans women will have their say.
Of the 13 states that had trigger laws – which immediately moved to ban abortion following the overturn of Roe – all had Republican-controlled legislatures. Other states that have banned or further restricted abortion to date are also controlled by Republican legislatures and governors. "Unfortunately, the Supreme Court just reminded people in a pretty big way of the great importance of those state races," said Christina Reynolds from EMILY'S List, which works to elect pro-abortion rights candidates up and down the ballot. "The reality is your state legislature has an immense impact on your day-to-day life."
In the weekend following the Dobbs v. Jackson decision, handed down June 24, the organization saw about 500 people reach out. The organization Run for Something, which supports young progressives looking to run for state or local office, has seen more than 3,000 people sign up since the ruling – about 10% of all people who have signed up this year. Of those, more than 53% identified as women, a significantly higher number than normal. While it cannot all be attributed to the issue of abortion, Run for Something is on pace to double the number of people signaling interest in running from last year.