NARAL Pro-Choice America President Mini Timmaraju said in a new interview that abortion will be a “major motivator” for Democrats, women, and “all Americans” when voters head to the polls to vote. the November midterm elections.
Asked by ABC’s Martha Raddatz if she thinks abortion will be “the issue” in the upcoming midterm elections, Timmaraju said, “This issue is a major motivation not just for grassroots Democratic voters, not just for women but for all Americans”.
“We must explain to the American people that we can no longer rely on the court to protect our constitutional rights. We have to go to Congress, to gubernatorial races, to attorneys general who enforce these laws,” Timmaraju later added.
She said the current moment “has probably been the most devastating year since before 1973” for the abortion movement.
The comments come after Politico sent shockwaves across the country last week when it released a draft Supreme Court opinion showing a majority of bench judges voted to overturn Roe v. Wade. The court said the document was authentic but noted that it did not reflect the court’s final decision.
Abortion rights advocates, however, are sounding the alarm about the potential consequences that could ensue if the nearly 50-year-old precedent is reversed.
Some Democrats are pointing to the upcoming midterm elections as a time when the party must elect abortion rights advocates into government offices in a bid to protect access to medical procedure should the court roll overturn Roe. .
Asked by Raddatz if abortion should be a litmus test for Democratic candidates, Timmaraju said, “We don’t think we should accept more anti-choice Democrats.”
The interview aired on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday.