The Supreme Court’s decision striking down Roe v. Wade has the potential to reshape the playing field for November’s elections.
Democrats point to polls finding a majority of Americans want abortion to be legal. U-S Senate nominee Tom McDermott and Secretary of State nominee Destiny Wells began a tag-team campaign swing with other Democratic candidates this week through Terre Haute, Evansville, Griffith, and West Lafayette, highlighting Republican calls for new abortion restrictions in Indiana in a special legislative session next month.
Senate Minority Leader Greg Taylor (D-Indianapolis) says he doesn’t know whether the issue will affect November’s races. But he argues women voters in particular should be furious at the prospect of the state making their health care decisions — especially, he notes, when a supermajority of legislators are men. Republican men compris majorities, though not supermajorities, in both the House and Senate.
State Republican Chairman Kyle Hupfer says voters’ top issue before the court ruling was anger at the Biden administration over inflation, and expects it’ll still be their top issue now. He notes opposition to abortion has been part of Indiana Republicans’ platform for years, and says voters both know that and agree with it. He predicts Republicans will keep their House and Senate supermajorities.
A Ball State poll in 2019 found a narrow plurality of Hoosiers supported keeping abortion legal in most or all cases, 48-45%. Democrats note just 17-percent of Hoosiers in that survey said abortion should be outlawed without exception.