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What do the midterm results say about the future of abortion rights?

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Supporters of the YES on Proposition 1 hold a rally at Long Beach City College in Long Beach, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022. Californians are voting now through Election Day Tuesday, Nov. 8, on a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to abortion and contraception. Proposition 1 is among several measures on state ballots to address reproductive health care following the U.S. Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade. (

Voters in the midterm elections made their voices heard on the issue of abortion rights, but just how much of a difference it will make in the fight for abortion access is still unclear.

This year’s midterms were the first nationwide elections held since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June. With abortion on the ballot in states like Michigan, California, Vermont and Kentucky, the midterms were, in some ways, a referendum on a publicly unpopular Supreme Court decision. Abortion was a galvanizing issue leading into the election, yet when it came to ballot initiatives, voters largely maintained the status quo in their respective states.

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