Crunching the numbers: Comparing the Pa. Supreme court elections of 2023 and 2021
Judge Dan McCaffery flipped three Pennsylvania counties from red to blue in his successful campaign for Supreme Court, in what’s likely to end up being the most expensive judicial race in Pennsylvania’s history.
Abortion-rights victories cement 2024 playbook while opponents scramble for new strategy
Anti-abortion leaders woke up Wednesday to the sobering reality that abortion rights remain the nation’s predominant political issue. Decisive wins in swing and red states in two national election cycles since Roe v. Wade was overturned last year have given momentum to reproductive rights groups, who aggressively campaigned and fundraised in key states across the […]
How abortion became the central issue in Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court race
Abortion was not explicitly on the ballot in Pennsylvania's 2020 judicial elections. But reproductive rights advocates have learned the hard way that they have to play the long game.
Legislators in 49 states ask SCOTUS to preserve access to abortion pill
A group of more than 600 Democratic legislators from 49 states have signed an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court urging the justices to overturn an appellate court decision that would roll back access to mifepristone, one of two drugs used to safely terminate early pregnancies and treat miscarriages. The list includes Pa. Rep. […]
Judges running in Pa’s Supreme Court race talk about judicial philosophies
The winner could end up casting a deciding vote on the future of reproductive rights in Pennsylvania.
Ohio’s Issue 1 goes down to defeat
The Republican-led effort to make amending Ohio’s constitution more difficult has failed. As of 11:45 p.m., unofficial results for the Aug. 8 special election show voters rejected Issue 1 57% to 43%. The Associated Press called the race at 9 p.m. While precincts were still reporting late into the night and absentee ballots will continue […]
Male anti-abortion religious leaders mull murder charges for pregnant people at national event
An all-male panel of anti-abortion religious leaders from around the country met Friday night to discuss the strategies that should be used to end abortion in every state at any stage of pregnancy, without exceptions for rape and incest, and with criminal punishment for the pregnant person in line with existing criminal penalties for murder, […]
John Fetterman back in the U.S. Senate and looking ahead to 2024
BRADDOCK, Pa. — By now, most people are aware that U.S. Sen. John Fetterman has been through a difficult time over the past year, to put it mildly. Pennsylvania’s freshman senator has staged a remarkable comeback and has plenty of things he wants to talk about besides his health issues, but to recap: He suffered a […]
Operation Save America anti-abortion event offers mixed messages of calls to violence
Protesters filled several blocks of sidewalk outside A Preferred Women’s Health Center of Atlanta on Friday morning, the fourth day of protests there this week. Many wore T-shirts and held signs to declare which side they were on, and several congregated near the parking lot entrance to speak into microphones and tell any abortion clinic […]
Over-the-counter birth control would be a game changer | Opinion
By Sonali Kolhatkar A federal advisory committee has unanimously recommended that the Food and Drug Administration allow the sale of Opill, an over-the-counter birth control pill. Coming amid a widespread assault on reproductive health care, this could be a game-changer. Margery Gass, an advisory committee member and an emerita professor of medicine at the University of Cincinnati, told The Washington […]
Politics, abortion and the false consensus effect. Why it matters | Opinion
We would all be wise to remember that our views are often not shared by most other people.
Positive polling, past successes don’t guarantee victory for abortion rights at the ballot box
In several states, Republicans are adjusting rules to scramble the political calculus.