Analysis: Abortion backers eye tactics once used by same-sex marriage foes

Democrats believe they have a winning issue to propel voters into their fold.
A young girl holds up a sign that reads Abortion is Health Care as she watches North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper veto legislation banning most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy at a rally in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, May 13, 2023. (AP Photo/Hannah Schoenbaum)

Abortion rights supporters are laying the foundations for a series of ballot initiatives and constitutional amendments that would give voters the chance to protect reproductive freedom in next year’s presidential contest, a coordinated campaign they hope would drive even more voters to the polls than might otherwise participate in a national election.

The echoes of 2004 — when another hot-button social issue appeared on ballots across the country in coincidence with a competitive presidential re-election bid — could not ring any louder.

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