In the years after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the national right to an abortion, anti-abortion rights advocates have notched a string of legislative victories in red states across the country. The latest came Thursday, when Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed a bill creating criminal penalties for those who perform or participate in abortions after six weeks.
But the movement’s success puts the Republican Party in a complicated position: Their candidates first face a base that demands strict adherence to anti-abortion legislation, and then face a broader electorate that has demonstrated, repeatedly in recent years, that abortion rights are an electoral priority.
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