Abortion politics set for biggest 2023 test in Va.

Republicans, led by Gov. Glenn Youngkin, have pitched a ban after 15 weeks.
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin speaks to members of the press inside the Rotunda of the state Capitol building on Feb. 25, 2023, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/John C. Clark, File)

Virginia’s November elections are shaping up as a test of swing state voters’ appetite for abortion restrictions of any kind after more than a year in post-Roe America.

Republicans vying for legislative seats have largely coalesced behind Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s (R) call for a 15-week limit, according to anti-abortion activists and GOP consultants who described the proposal as an acknowledgement that voters would not tolerate a stricter ban in the politically divided state.

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