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Polybius

(15,381 posts)
Sat May 7, 2022, 04:32 PM May 2022

Mitch McConnell says a national abortion ban is 'possible' as GOP candidates dodge topic

Source: USA Today

WASHINGTON — Republicans are on the verge of a long-sought legal victory — striking down Roe v. Wade — but their political candidates are in no rush to talk about it on the campaign trail.

GOP campaign officials are advising candidates to downplay and soft-pedal the prospects of anti-abortion legislation as they battle pro-choice Democrats for control of Congress and various statehouses across the country.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell told USA Today that a national abortion ban is possible if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.

Said McConnell: “With regard to the abortion issue, I think it’s pretty clear where Senate Republicans stand.”

Read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2022/05/07/mitch-mcconnell-says-federal-abortion-ban-possible-gop-dodges-topic/9687867002/?gnt-cfr=1

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Mitch McConnell says a national abortion ban is 'possible' as GOP candidates dodge topic (Original Post) Polybius May 2022 OP
I don't think Mitch has any idea the firestorm ahead bucolic_frolic May 2022 #1
THIS 👆🏻👆🏻👆🏻 LenaBaby61 May 2022 #6
I also think Mitch True Blue American May 2022 #33
Yes, and women are mad as hell Larissa May 2022 #56
We need to have McConnell's face along with him saying JI7 May 2022 #2
How do you spell relief? roamer65 May 2022 #3
Oh right, that'll work elleng May 2022 #5
It's coming. roamer65 May 2022 #8
I didn't know the minority could introduce bills n/t lordsummerisle May 2022 #50
Thanks a bunch. piddyprints May 2022 #19
We have a lot of evangelical wingnuts unfortunately.. mountain grammy May 2022 #23
Thank you wealth class owned media for your opinion. pwb May 2022 #4
you know who's going to take the pukes down in red states? agingdem May 2022 #7
so now they'll hold their noses and vote for the right of choice over their bodies? orleans May 2022 #9
true... agingdem May 2022 #10
Yes, that is totally correct..."Republican women",,,and...."the right to choose" ..That is it.. Stuart G May 2022 #12
this is ingrained into the American psyche.. agingdem May 2022 #16
I agree, but I'm going to nitpick about one small detail. ShazzieB May 2022 #32
Not nitpicky at all, JenniferJuniper May 2022 #49
I'm not so sure about that. CentralMass May 2022 #17
The women are speaking True Blue American May 2022 #34
OH has been moving right since Reagan. The KKK was active since my early recollections. Grand Dragon Evolve Dammit May 2022 #54
Now the areas of Hamilton, Cincinnati True Blue American May 2022 #57
Most women around here PXR-5 May 2022 #11
I do not believe that most women in the U.S.A. want ..."abortion to be banned"... Stuart G May 2022 #13
I think you're right... Whatthe_Firetruck May 2022 #51
:) True Blue American May 2022 #35
Same around here. Most of the outspoken, anti-abortion people I know are women. Midnight Writer May 2022 #42
All they did was flex the "control" muscle, much like the Taliban reinstating the burka. LogicFirst May 2022 #14
Perfect example! True Blue American May 2022 #36
Mitch has said too much..quote, "a national abortion ban is possible if the Supreme Court overturns Stuart G May 2022 #15
Sounds like too much to me, too, but HighFired49 May 2022 #25
I think Repughs like to say things to scare or outrage. This might be one of those things. ificandream May 2022 #18
It's also "possible" BlueIdaho May 2022 #20
You made me chuckle for first time today. They were going to hang folks on 1/6. Guess Evolve Dammit May 2022 #21
Thanks, I speak metaphorically BlueIdaho May 2022 #26
Metaphorically, of course, I understand. ... JustABozoOnThisBus May 2022 #62
I share your optimism BlueIdaho May 2022 #63
Start calling attention to stuff like this: NowsTheTime May 2022 #22
Welcome to DU Docreed2003 May 2022 #27
An excellent idea. Turbineguy May 2022 #24
Say goodbye to Republican control of Congress Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin May 2022 #28
I'd hope so Kablooie May 2022 #29
Misogynistic cowards won't even own what they're doing. SunSeeker May 2022 #30
Anyone pregnant with the Turtle's child, should definitely be an exception in the law. C Moon May 2022 #31
The kids he has True Blue American May 2022 #37
someone please... ShepKat May 2022 #38
So much for "state's rights" Novara May 2022 #39
Just keep talking, Mitch disndat May 2022 #40
Just keep talking, Mitch disndat May 2022 #41
He is the minority leader. Whatthe_Firetruck May 2022 #53
Michigan will soon say "Fuck you, Moscow Mitch". roamer65 May 2022 #43
Kick dalton99a May 2022 #44
Fortunately for Mitch ejbr May 2022 #45
Uh-huh. That escelated quickly. malthaussen May 2022 #46
"Downplay and soft-pedal," the subject Bayard May 2022 #47
I love how "quiet" the GOP is right now. Slinking along hoping not to make any noise. calimary May 2022 #48
I think a lot of Republican politicians are actually worried as they used abortion as a hot button cstanleytech May 2022 #52
Well, so much for "states rights" TexasBushwhacker May 2022 #55
Absolutely Wrong! If the DRAFT Opinion becomes Law, there would be no Constitutional authority for 24601 May 2022 #58
I agree, but does it work both ways? Polybius May 2022 #59
It probably would. 24601 May 2022 #60
Chilling. ck4829 May 2022 #61

bucolic_frolic

(43,123 posts)
1. I don't think Mitch has any idea the firestorm ahead
Sat May 7, 2022, 04:36 PM
May 2022

or the GOP casualties at the ballot box. The entire GOP has picked a fight with every woman in America.

Larissa

(790 posts)
56. Yes, and women are mad as hell
Mon May 9, 2022, 04:45 AM
May 2022

Per social media tomorrow night (May 9th) rally at Alito's house. Women want to be heard because it's apparent that those in power aren't listening and/or just don't give a rat's a$$. How does a group in their ivory tower just make massive decisions impacting upon millions without even seeking insight into the potential impact? We won't go back.

JI7

(89,246 posts)
2. We need to have McConnell's face along with him saying
Sat May 7, 2022, 04:43 PM
May 2022

this be shown everywhere.

Show the type of person who wants control over women.

roamer65

(36,745 posts)
3. How do you spell relief?
Sat May 7, 2022, 04:43 PM
May 2022

S-E-C-E-S-S-I-O-N.

That’s how I spell it if GQP nutcases try to cram this crap through.

Blue state secession.

roamer65

(36,745 posts)
8. It's coming.
Sat May 7, 2022, 05:37 PM
May 2022

Especially if Roe v Wade is overturned and the GQP passes a national abortion ban.

The differences between the states will then be just about as wide as it was in 1860.

piddyprints

(14,642 posts)
19. Thanks a bunch.
Sat May 7, 2022, 07:36 PM
May 2022

Many of us live in red states and can’t relocate. If we could, we’d leave the country.

Meanwhile, my right wing evangelical nutcase in-laws live in blue states.

So how will that help exactly?

mountain grammy

(26,614 posts)
23. We have a lot of evangelical wingnuts unfortunately..
Sat May 7, 2022, 09:08 PM
May 2022

two are county clerks who messed with the election process. We are all mail in ballots and a mostly blue state and yet the trump love is strong around here.

pwb

(11,259 posts)
4. Thank you wealth class owned media for your opinion.
Sat May 7, 2022, 04:43 PM
May 2022

But we are going after you pukes full force. It doesn't matter what message you might try. Pukes are fucked.

agingdem

(7,842 posts)
7. you know who's going to take the pukes down in red states?
Sat May 7, 2022, 05:33 PM
May 2022

Republican women...the same women who hated Hillary and held their noses and voted for Trump...my son and his family live in a very white, very Republican Idaho suburb...my daughter-in-law was shocked when two of her neighbors asked her if she would join them in a women's march protesting the Court overturning Roe v Wade...my daughter lives in a white right North Carolina enclave...many of the women are going to DC to join the protesters outside of the USSC...four fucking years of Trump and his toxic bilge was ok but denying these women the right to choose...a bridge to far..thank GOD

orleans

(34,048 posts)
9. so now they'll hold their noses and vote for the right of choice over their bodies?
Sat May 7, 2022, 05:50 PM
May 2022

we'll see, right?

agingdem

(7,842 posts)
10. true...
Sat May 7, 2022, 06:03 PM
May 2022

I think of all the white right idiots railing against big government entitlements..but don't touch their Medicare and Social Security....and the reason these backward morons have Medicare and Social Security is because of Democrats...

Stuart G

(38,414 posts)
12. Yes, that is totally correct..."Republican women",,,and...."the right to choose" ..That is it..
Sat May 7, 2022, 06:21 PM
May 2022

Telling a woman, if she can have a baby...by the Supreme Court of the U.S. Government is totally stupid.

...repeat.............NO ONE TELLS A WOMAN IF SHE CAN HAVE A BABY OR NOT HAVE A BABY....

.....................THAT IS NOT COMPLICATED. iT IS UP TO THE WOMAN AND HER HUSBAND OR PATNER.

....................... NOT THE SUPREME COURT.

YES, MILLIONS OF WOMEN ARE OFFENDED BY THIS RULING AND THE CONSEQUENCES WILL BE SHOWN IN FIVE MONTHS.

YES, REPUBLICANS, INDEPENDENTS, DEMOCRATES AND NON AFFILIATEED WOMEN.

.................................This could be a onetime event, but it will happen this November 2022.................

...................Remember. this: This is a personal right that women have had for many years, and taking this right
to decide on whether or not to have a baby, is a mistake that the Republicans will never forget. These judges that made
this ruling, were appointed by Republicans, and if we get that word out, this November will be a pay back to the
Republican Party that will not be ever forgotten.





agingdem

(7,842 posts)
16. this is ingrained into the American psyche..
Sat May 7, 2022, 06:45 PM
May 2022

Roe v Wade is/was a woman's guaranteed forever physical/emotional safety net...rape, the life of the mother, a non-viable fetus, ectopic pregnancy.."God forbid, but just in case"... and now gone because 5 incompetent, lying skewed right judges have this thing about subjugating women..and as loathsome as they all are, Amy Comey Barrett is by far most insidiously abhorrent of them all..'relinquishing parents rights after birth" (adoption) ..solves the burden of an unwanted pregnancy ...oh my fucking god, can that woman be any more amorally callous?!!!

ShazzieB

(16,359 posts)
32. I agree, but I'm going to nitpick about one small detail.
Sun May 8, 2022, 05:25 AM
May 2022
IT IS UP TO THE WOMAN AND HER HUSBAND OR PATNER.


Sorry if I sound nitpicky, but "partner" implies a committed relationship, which is not always the case. A lot of sex takes place between people who are not in a committed relationship with each other, and sometimes pregnancies result. That's just a fact. A woman who gets pregnant from a one night stand (for example) isn't necessarily going to ask her fuck buddy for his opinion about what she should do, nor should she have to.

There are also women who are trying to get out of an abusive relationship and find themselves unexpectedly pregnant. I've read stories about women getting an abortion in those situations because it would be too flat out dangerous to have a child tying them to their abuser.

Then there are all those rape and incest situations.

These are just a few examples of cases where there is no "partner" or where the "partner" is someone who the woman would rather not involve in her decision. I think the way I would state it is this: "It is up to the woman and whoever SHE chooses to involve in the decsion."

I hope I'm making myself clear. I'm half asleep at the moment, so it's hard to be sure.

JenniferJuniper

(4,510 posts)
49. Not nitpicky at all,
Sun May 8, 2022, 04:58 PM
May 2022

No one should have control over someone else's body. Husbands and partners included.

True Blue American

(17,982 posts)
34. The women are speaking
Sun May 8, 2022, 05:55 AM
May 2022

And Politicians better listen!

DeWine was running all over Ohio bragging that he would sign the abortion bill right after the Primary! Then bingo, a popular Lady Mayor brought Dayton to the present, remodeled the whole city, including the really bad west side. Helped people through a massive tornado, massacre.

DeWine promised a gun control bill after being booed off the stage. Instead he signed an open carry, did away with training. Police are not allowed to ask if you have a gun. Scandal after scandal. 5 gerrymandered districting maps turned down by the Court, led by a Republican. DeWine decided to wait on the Court decision before he signed the bill, dead silence since then.

Whaleys first ad said Mike DeWine entered politics in 1974. Ohio was first in the nation on wages, one paycheck could support a family. Today Ohio is near the bottom.

Evolve Dammit

(16,723 posts)
54. OH has been moving right since Reagan. The KKK was active since my early recollections. Grand Dragon
Sun May 8, 2022, 08:14 PM
May 2022

lived in Lodi, Imperial Wizard was in OH as well. Gov. Rhodes declared martial law during Kent State anti-war protests and we know that result. Many wished more were killed. It's always been red except in the northeast and college communities. Gee, amazing what education can do. No wonder they want to crush it and privatize everything... Well on their way

True Blue American

(17,982 posts)
57. Now the areas of Hamilton, Cincinnati
Mon May 9, 2022, 12:27 PM
May 2022

Where the jobs are moved left. Northeast is left.

It is a funny thing all the counties up the river put Obama over the top. Red for 100 years.

PXR-5

(522 posts)
11. Most women around here
Sat May 7, 2022, 06:08 PM
May 2022

think abortion should be banned. I am in suburban Charlotte, NC.

We have lived here for over 23 years, we have decided to move back to NJ.

Stuart G

(38,414 posts)
13. I do not believe that most women in the U.S.A. want ..."abortion to be banned"...
Sat May 7, 2022, 06:25 PM
May 2022

...That belief may exist in some parts of the country, but in total 70% of the total country is in favor of Roe vs Wade.

Whatthe_Firetruck

(555 posts)
51. I think you're right...
Sun May 8, 2022, 07:05 PM
May 2022

...they only SAY they want it banned as a form of virtue signalling. But if an unwanted pregnancy happened to them or a family member, even if they are virulently anti-choice, they still sneak off to get one.

I post this on DU every so often... [link:https://joycearthur.com/abortion/the-only-moral-abortion-is-my-abortion/|]

“We have anti-choice women in for abortions all the time. Many of them are just naive and ignorant until they find themselves with an unwanted pregnancy. Many of them are not malicious. They just haven’t given it the proper amount of thought until it completely affects them. They can be judgmental about their friends, family, and other women. Then suddenly they become pregnant. Suddenly they see the truth. That it should only be their own choice. Unfortunately, many also think that somehow they are different than everyone else and they deserve to have an abortion, while no one else does.” (Physician, Washington State)

Midnight Writer

(21,743 posts)
42. Same around here. Most of the outspoken, anti-abortion people I know are women.
Sun May 8, 2022, 10:55 AM
May 2022

I can't think of any men I've talked to who really care one way or another. That is, if you asked them flat out if they are against abortion, they'll say yes, but it doesn't seem to be something that they give a lot of thought to.

Some women I know really go off on the subject, really passionate about "murdering babies".

Just my experience. I am in a very red area.

LogicFirst

(571 posts)
14. All they did was flex the "control" muscle, much like the Taliban reinstating the burka.
Sat May 7, 2022, 06:28 PM
May 2022

The Rs gaveth and tooketh.

Stuart G

(38,414 posts)
15. Mitch has said too much..quote, "a national abortion ban is possible if the Supreme Court overturns
Sat May 7, 2022, 06:30 PM
May 2022

Roe v Wade ".........." I think it's pretty clear where Senate Republicans stand."

HighFired49

(346 posts)
25. Sounds like too much to me, too, but
Sat May 7, 2022, 09:52 PM
May 2022

He just gave every Democrat running for nearly any office a perfect campaign advantage! Thanks, Mitch. Keep telling them that you want to take their rights away.

ificandream

(9,362 posts)
18. I think Repughs like to say things to scare or outrage. This might be one of those things.
Sat May 7, 2022, 07:28 PM
May 2022

I don't see how Repughs can make that happen. That doesn't mean we relax. But let's not panic. At least yet.

BlueIdaho

(13,582 posts)
20. It's also "possible"
Sat May 7, 2022, 08:11 PM
May 2022

Mitch could be hung up by his heels from a lamp post in front of the US Senate building. Keep it up Mitch.

Evolve Dammit

(16,723 posts)
21. You made me chuckle for first time today. They were going to hang folks on 1/6. Guess
Sat May 7, 2022, 09:02 PM
May 2022

everything is "on the table" at this point. They want 1800's politics, then it works both ways.

JustABozoOnThisBus

(23,338 posts)
62. Metaphorically, of course, I understand. ...
Tue May 10, 2022, 03:45 PM
May 2022

... Being an optimist, I avidly scan the obituary page every day.

NowsTheTime

(684 posts)
22. Start calling attention to stuff like this:
Sat May 7, 2022, 09:02 PM
May 2022

We may not convert hard core Magas but that's not who we we need on board...

https://www.americanpartisan.org/2022/05/we-cant-wait-on-the-supreme-court-in-louisiana-abortion-could-become-a-crime-of-murder/

Texas six week time frame with no provision for rape or incest plus you neighbors enforce as vigilantes..and some other states copying some of this.....

Turbineguy

(37,315 posts)
24. An excellent idea.
Sat May 7, 2022, 09:40 PM
May 2022

That we we can have a decisive Democratic election victory instead of this limp wristed majority where republicans can made sure the government does not work.

Kablooie

(18,625 posts)
29. I'd hope so
Sun May 8, 2022, 01:18 AM
May 2022

But there are a hell of a lot of godfearing women in th US that strongly support banning abortion
everywhere.

C Moon

(12,212 posts)
31. Anyone pregnant with the Turtle's child, should definitely be an exception in the law.
Sun May 8, 2022, 01:51 AM
May 2022

How does the GOP produce the creepiest of humans?

Novara

(5,840 posts)
39. So much for "state's rights"
Sun May 8, 2022, 07:28 AM
May 2022

And if you all don't think they will ban pregnant women from the workforce, think again.

This is ALL to dilute the power of women. They are scared to death of allowing women to play on an even playing field because their privilege is lost. They would have to actually compete with women who are smarter and more capable than they are. So their answer is pregnancy slavery. And then they will restrict what pregnant women can do, like working. They'll say it's to "protect the fetus" but it's ALL to subjugate women.

WE HAVE TO ELECT MORE DEMOCRATS TO THE HOUSE AND SENATE. Stop these motherfuckers before they make all women nothing more than forced breeding vessels.

Whatthe_Firetruck

(555 posts)
53. He is the minority leader.
Sun May 8, 2022, 07:21 PM
May 2022

Dems have a bare majority, which why Manchin and Sinema have such an outside influence in the chamber.

roamer65

(36,745 posts)
43. Michigan will soon say "Fuck you, Moscow Mitch".
Sun May 8, 2022, 11:21 AM
May 2022

When we strike down the old pre-Roe ban, and then if you pass a national ban we will ignore it.

ejbr

(5,856 posts)
45. Fortunately for Mitch
Sun May 8, 2022, 12:04 PM
May 2022

We live in a society of imbeciles that have signaled they will vote for the party that voted against their stimulus checks, taxes for the wealthy, infrastructure spending in their districs, and lied about the election to the point of insurrection. Why not vote for the people going after your rights?

Bayard

(22,051 posts)
47. "Downplay and soft-pedal," the subject
Sun May 8, 2022, 12:26 PM
May 2022

Just like TFG's Supreme Court nominees at their confirmation hearings.

calimary

(81,207 posts)
48. I love how "quiet" the GOP is right now. Slinking along hoping not to make any noise.
Sun May 8, 2022, 03:50 PM
May 2022

It’s a “tell”.

It strongly suggests they know what they’ve done AND, perhaps also, what they’ve unleashed, and they sure don’t want to draw any unwanted attention to it.

cstanleytech

(26,280 posts)
52. I think a lot of Republican politicians are actually worried as they used abortion as a hot button
Sun May 8, 2022, 07:15 PM
May 2022

issue to get out the vote.
Now if it's overturned they will lose that as an option to rally their voting base of morons.

24601

(3,959 posts)
58. Absolutely Wrong! If the DRAFT Opinion becomes Law, there would be no Constitutional authority for
Mon May 9, 2022, 01:13 PM
May 2022

Federal Legislation.

Any attempt to implement such would be struck down, in accordance with the 10th Amendment of the Constitution, as exceeding powers delegated to the Federal Government.

Polybius

(15,381 posts)
59. I agree, but does it work both ways?
Mon May 9, 2022, 01:15 PM
May 2022

Would a national pro-choice abortion law violate the 10th Amendment too?

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