Mitch McConnell made it clear in an interview with USA Today that he has every intention of banning abortion nationally if the Republicans win a majority in the Senate. I thought Republicans were trying to not say this out loud: "With regard to the abortion issue, I think it’s pretty clear where Senate Republicans stand... And if and when the court makes a final decision, I expect everybody will be more definitive. But I don’t think it’s much of a secret where Senate Republicans stand on that issue."
One of their crackpot candidates went even further. Another Peter Thiel-owned candidate, Blake Masters is proud to list on his website, in anticipation of Señor Trumpanzee, psychopaths who have already endorsed for the Arizona Senate seat held by Mark Kelly.
Marjorie Traitor Greene: "Blake Masters is the guy we need to represent Arizona in the U.S. Senate. He is America First, he's smart, and he's fearless and loves God and his family."
Madison Cawthorn: "Blake Masters is the America First warrior we need in Washington. He will not back down from defending our southern border, fighting for election integrity, and championing President Trump’s MAGA agenda in the United States Senate."
Tucker Carlson: "Blake is the future of the Republican party. Very smart guy. I’m rooting for him."
Josh Hawley: "Blake Masters is serious about putting America First. He understands the threats our country faces-- from the Chinese Communist Party to the corrupt Big Tech monopolies to the political elite determined to take apart our way of life. We need new leaders who will fight for this country. That's why I endorse Blake, and I look forward to working alongside him in the Senate."
Masters boasts on that website that he will only vote to confirm federal judges "who understand that Roe and Griswold and Casey were wrongly decided, and that there is no constitutional right to abortion." Griswold (1965) protects Americans' right to buy and use contraceptives without government restrictions. Republicans' far right fringe has been agitating against contraceptives ever since.
The idea of banning contraceptives is extremely unpopular with Americans. A couple of months ago, all three Republican candidates for Michigan Attorney General said they believed that the Griswold ruling by the Supreme Court, allowing married couples to buy and use contraception without risk of prosecution was wrongly decided. Meanwhile, 77% of Michigan voters oppose limiting access to birth control and only 9% of Michigan voters believe states should be able to ban or limit access to contraceptives such as condoms and birth control pills, which help people avoid unwanted pregnancies. And 43% of voters said they’d be less likely to support the GOP candidates after hearing about their opposition to the Supreme Court ruling protecting access to contraceptives.
On Friday, the Arizona Mirror reported that "Masters’ stance puts him on the opposite side of the issue from the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the campaign arm of GOP senators, which has advised candidates on talking points following the leak of a draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade. In a section instructing candidates on how to 'forcefully refute Democrat lies' about Republicans’ positions on abortion and health care, the NRSC declares that 'Republicans DO NOT want to take away contraception.'"
Elsewhere in the talking points memo to GOP Senate candidates, the NRSC advises them to say, “I’m not in favor of putting women or doctors in jail. I would never take away anyone’s contraception or health care. That’s just the typical BS you get from politicians.”
BS? Really? "On Tuesday, Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed a “fetal heartbeat” bill that seeks to outlaw abortion after about six weeks. The measure, HB 481, is the most extreme abortion ban in the country-- not just because it would impose severe limitations on women’s reproductive rights, but also because it would subject women who get illegal abortions to life imprisonment and the death penalty." Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Alabama are in the process of passing similar legislation that would put women who had abortions-- or even "suspicious" miscarriages-- in prison for murder.