Abortion on the Ballot, from Prop 1 in California to Races Nationwide

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Industry, CA, Thursday, June 16, 2022 - Mail in ballots are processed at a County facility where they are received from the post office, opened, sorted and verified then sent to be counted in Downey.  (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Since the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, removing Americans’ constitutional right to an abortion, a dozen states have enacted near-total bans on the procedure and more are expected to do so in the coming months. That’s causing many candidates in California and across the nation to emphasize their support for reproductive rights, and Pew Research Center polling shows the issue is important to a majority of voters across both parties. We’ll talk about the role abortion is playing in the midterms here and in key states, and we want to hear from you: Is abortion driving your vote?


Joe Garofoli, senior political writer, San Francisco Chronicle; host, the podcast “It’s All Political on Fifth and Mission”

Maya Prabhu, state government reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Lauren Rankin , writer, speaker, and activist; author, "Bodies on the Line: At the Front Lines of the Fight to Protect Abortion in America"

Melanie Mason, national political correspondent, Los Angeles Times