Arizona now has one of nation’s most restrictive abortion laws

Abortion’s again emerging as a key issue for voters.

In Congress, Republicans have blocked Democrats’ efforts to enact nationwide limits on many existing, state-level restrictions on abortion.

However, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham has proposed a nationwide ban on any abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The measure has no chance of getting through the democratically controlled legislature, but has raised the stakes for both abortion foes and advocates heading into the November election.

 

Meanwhile, last week an Arizona court ruling upheld a 1901 near total ban on abortion, in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade and essentially made abortion restrictions a state issue.

Polls suggest some 91% of Arizona voters want abortion legal in some cases — with support dropping sharply later in pregnancy. The OH Predictive Poll concluded 58% of Democrats and 42% of independents said abortion should be legal in almost all circumstances.

Some 81% of Democrats and 58% of independents say a candidate’s position on abortion is very important — compared to just 18% of Republicans.

That’s rough for Republicans in both federal and statewide races.

However, polls also show that the economy and immigration remain top issues for Arizona voters — a good sign for Republicans with many of the statewide races essentially tied in the polls. The OH Predictive Poll found 27% ranked the economy as the top issue and 26% said it was immigration. Education ranked as No. 1 for 12% and health care for 10%.

 

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