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Opinion | Republicans Should Pay a Political Price for Abortion Bans

The proper to an abortion is protected within the Kansas State Constitution and on Tuesday, a decisive majority of voters saved it there. Fifty-nine % of Kansans who went to the polls voted to reject a constitutional modification that might have opened the door to full abortion bans of the type that exist in neighboring states like Missouri and Oklahoma.

What makes this all of the extra putting is the truth that Kansas is among the most reliably Republican states within the nation. Donald Trump received within the 2020 presidential election with greater than 56 % of the vote. Three of its 4 representatives within the House are Republicans and its two Republican senators, Jerry Moran and Roger Marshall, are among the many most conservative within the Senate.

Anti-abortion activists had been assured they might succeed. They’ve taken, as a substitute, a devastating blow to their mission.

It is tough to overstate the importance of this defeat. The vote in Kansas is the primary time abortion has been on the poll for the reason that Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, which overturned Roe v. Wade. It’s the primary time any voters have had the prospect to weigh in on new abortion restrictions, and the result’s a gorgeous victory for Kansans, and Americans, who consider that the suitable to an abortion is an inextricable a part of our liberty below the Constitution.

If it isn’t already apparent that Dobbs has unsettled American politics, the vote in Kansas makes it clear. Republicans should win the House, and even the Senate, in November. But the sheer unpopularity of abortion bans — in addition to the monstrous penalties for ladies in states which have banned abortion — is a heavy weight across the neck of all the Republican Party.

The job, for the nationwide Democratic Party, is to make that weight even heavier. And for this, they’ve the mannequin of Kansas, the place pro-choice activists went on the offensive in opposition to restrictionists. They drew a sharp distinction between their goals and people of their opponents and made abortion rights a stay problem for voters.

Republicans don’t wish to battle on this turf — see the quick marketing campaign to downplay the affect of Dobbs within the wake of the ruling — which is all of the extra motive for Democrats to make them do it.

I didn’t have a column this week! I did do different issues, nevertheless. I joined the Left Anchor podcast at The American Prospect (my journalistic alma mater) to debate the Supreme Court, the Constitution and how you can take each again from the political proper.

I additionally recorded a brief video for the Criterion Channel wherein I explored the profession of the late, nice actor Yaphet Kotto.

Annie Lowrey on being pregnant and motherhood for The Atlantic.

Jennifer L. Morgan on slavery and reproductive rights for the African American Intellectual History Society.

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

Gaby Del Valle on “environmental nativism” for The Nation journal.

Monica Potts on Republicans and same-sex marriage for FiveThirtyEight.

The transcript of Vin Scully’s radio name of the ninth inning of Sandy Koufax’s 1965 good recreation in opposition to the Chicago Cubs.

I’m a large fan of the Beastie Boys, and so once I noticed this mural the final time I used to be in New York, I needed to take a image.

My son has develop into one thing of an ice cream connoisseur, and incessantly requests completely different flavors of ice cream to make at dwelling. This week, we made strawberry ice cream utilizing a recipe from David Lebovitz’s ebook, “The Perfect Scoop.” Here’s the recipe and, truthful warning, you’ll want an ice cream maker for this.


  • 1 pound recent strawberries, rinsed and hulled

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon vodka or different liquor

  • 1 cup full-fat bitter cream

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • a squeeze of recent lemon juice


Slice the strawberries and toss them in a bowl with the sugar and vodka, stirring till the sugar begins to dissolve. Cover and let stand at room temperature for one hour, stirring now and again.

Pulse the strawberries and their liquid with the bitter cream, heavy cream and lemon juice in a blender or meals processor till virtually easy, however nonetheless barely chunky.

Refrigerate for an hour, then freeze in your ice cream maker based on the producer’s directions.