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Opinion | Republicans must pay political price for abortion ban

The right to an abortion is protected in the Kansas state constitution, and on Tuesday, a decisive majority of voters kept it there. Fifty-nine percent of Kansans who went to the polls voted to reject the constitutional amendment, which would have opened the door to outright abortion bans similar to those existing in neighboring states such as Missouri and Oklahoma.

The fact that Kansas is one of the most reliably Republican states in the country makes this all the more remarkable. Donald Trump won more than 56 percent of the vote in the 2020 presidential election. Three of its four representatives in the House are Republicans, and its two Republican senators, Jerry Moran and Roger Marshall, are the most conservative in the Senate.

Anti-abortion activists expressed confidence that they would succeed. He has taken a devastating blow to his plan.

It is difficult to overstate the significance of this defeat. The vote in Kansas was the first abortion vote since the Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Roe v. Wade in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health. It’s the first time any voter has had a chance to weigh in on new abortion restrictions, and the result is a stunning victory for Kansans and Americans who believe the right to abortion is an inalienable part of our liberties under the Constitution.

If it wasn’t already clear that Dobbs has destabilized American politics, the vote in Kansas will make it clear. Republicans can still win the House and Senate in November. But the sheer unpopularity of abortion bans — as well as the monstrous consequences for women in states that have banned abortion — is a heavy weight around the neck of the entire Republican Party.

The task of the national Democratic Party is to make that weight even heavier. And for this, he has the example of Kansas, where pro-choice activists waged an offensive against restrictions. He made a sharp distinction between his goals and those of his opponents and made abortion rights a direct issue for voters.

Republicans don’t want to fight on this turf — see the immediate campaign to reduce Dobbs’ influence in the wake of the verdict — all the more reason for Democrats to do so.


I didn’t have a column this week! However, I have done other things. I joined the Left Anchor podcast at The American Prospect (my journalism alma mater) to discuss the Supreme Court, the Constitution, and how to wrest both from the political right.

I recorded a short video for the Criterion Channel in which I explored the career of the late, great actor Yaphet Kotto.


Anne Lorre on pregnancy and motherhood for The Atlantic.

Jennifer L. on Slavery and Reproductive Rights for the African American Intellectual History Society. Morgan.

A 1978 interview with screenwriter-director Paul Schrader on his debut film, “Blue Collar.”

Gaby Del Valle on “Environmental Nativism” for The Nation Magazine.

Monica Potts on Republicans and Five Thirty Eight on same-sex marriage.

Transcript of Vin Scully’s radio call to the ninth inning of Sandy Koufax’s 1965 perfect game against the Chicago Cubs.


I’m a huge Beastie Boys fan, and the last time I saw this mural in New York, I had to take a picture.


My son has become an ice cream connoisseur and often requests different flavors of ice cream to make at home. This week, we made strawberry ice cream using a recipe from David Lebovitz’s book, “The Perfect Scoop.” Here is the recipe and fair warning, you will need an ice cream maker for this.

ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh strawberries, washed and peeled

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon of vodka or other liquor

  • 1 cup full-fat sour cream

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • A squeeze of fresh lemon juice

Directions

Slice the strawberries and toss them in a bowl with the sugar and vodka, stirring until the sugar begins to dissolve. Cover and let stand at room temperature for an hour, stirring often.

Pulse the strawberries and their liquid with the sour cream, heavy cream and lemon juice in a blender or food processor until almost smooth, but still slightly thick.

Refrigerate for one hour, then freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

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