“Republicans cannot hide from the American people and cannot hide their role in bringing Roe to an end,” he said Sunday. “They will have to answer to the people this month, this year, and especially this November when American voters go to the polls.”

Focus on states

Experts say Democrats would do better to focus their efforts on the states, where legislators have introduced 546 restrictions in 42 states as of May 5, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Thirty-seven restrictions have been enacted in 10 states so far this year. 

“One of the challenges with the Democrats is that they tend not to be as effective as their Republican counterparts in mobilizing in state and local elections, and it’s really in the state legislatures where Democrats are going to need to concentrate a lot of effort, because that’s where these abortion bans are circulating through,” said Miranda Yaver, a visiting assistant professor of politics at Oberlin College. 

Yaver said the energy around abortion could energize both sides to turn out.

She pointed to Ohio, where she is based, which has a Senate and gubernatorial race this year. If Roe is overturned, the state’s blocked ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy would be allowed to take effect.

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