What They’re Saying: State Legislatures Are at the Center of the Fight to Defend Abortion Rights

Press Releases

WASHINGTON — The leak of the Supreme Court’s likely upcoming decision on Roe v. Wade has put state legislative races front and center in the battle to protect abortion rights. After Roe falls, abortion is expected to become illegal or severely restricted in 26 states either because of pre-existing abortion bans on the books or because of Republican-controlled legislatures that are hostile to abortion rights. In stark contrast, 16 states with Democratic-controlled legislatures have already passed laws to explicitly protect abortion rights. The DLCC and state Democrats are stepping up to prepare for this crucial fight. The day after the SCOTUS news broke, the DLCC shattered its single-day, online fundraising record. That same day, Democrat Carol Glanville flipped the Trump-won Michigan’s HD-74 in a 26-point swing from 2020, defeating her extremist, anti-choice Republican opponent. The DLCC is better resourced than ever to fight back and keep abortion safe, legal, and accessible for millions of Americans. 

See what they’re saying:

The New York Times: Democrats Aim to Use Abortion Rights to Jolt State Legislative Races

CNN: Frustrated by Washington inaction, Democrats eye power of state offices to defend abortion rights

NPR: Attention turns to midterms after Supreme Court draft decision is leaked

POLITICO: Roe draft supercharges battle for state control

Bloomberg: With Roe in Peril, Campaign Donors Swivel to Statehouse Races

HuffPost: State Legislatures To Be ‘Main Battleground’ For Abortion Rights If Roe Is Overturned

The Nation: The Fate of Abortion Rights Rests Not in D.C. but in the Statehouses

MSNBC: Leaked abortion ruling gives Dems new rallying cry for midterms