After winning big in last week’s election, soon-to-be GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell has made it clear that he will still seek to restrict abortion to no later than 20 weeks after pregnancy. It doesn’t seem to matter than nearly 70% of Americans oppose further abortion restrictions, nor that many liberal social initiatives passed at the same time McConnell and the GOP were winning the Senate.
For some time now, the Democrats have been claiming the GOP’s tried to wage a “war on women,” by, among other things, refusing to pass equal pay laws, restricting abortion rights throughout the states, and restrict access to birth control. This rallying cry was used during the most recent mid-term elections to little effect.
GOP social conservatives have long cherished restricting abortion as the price for their support of the Republican Party, but have rarely gotten much real traction beyond individual states. It seems unlikely any Federal changes to abortion will happen while President Obama continues to wield the veto pen.