In a park on a Saturday afternoon in suburban Atlanta, a group of young women gather, eat pizza, and talk.
But this is not idle chatter, they are discussing the future leadership of this country, and specifically what Tuesday’s midterm elections mean for reproductive rights. their.
Most of them are first-time and new voters empowered by the Supreme Court’s decision earlier this year to abolish the constitutional right to choose abortion, colloquially known as Roe vs Wade. They are volunteering with abortion provider Planned Parenthood and are attracting potential voters in a predominantly black neighborhood.
“I think it’s important for people to understand that you have a voice and a voice in the matter,” says Brandy Nalyana, from Atlanta.
“With the Roe v Wade flip, you feel helpless, you’re on the street and no one is listening to you. But now that we’ve got the midterms, you can finally use it. his voice.”
They are part of a strategy being rolled out across the country to use an increasingly limited patchwork of abortion rights to push voters to vote.
Each state now decides unilaterally which abortion rights apply, and 13 states have banned or severely restricted access to abortion following the Supreme Court decision.
Democrats hope to promote women, in particular, to vote green and protect their future right to choose.
Nalah Lewis, a policy officer for Reproductive Justice, is going door-to-door, encouraging people to vote on Tuesday.
As a younger woman, she had an abortion and wanted others to have a choice.
“Personally, I’m not mentally prepared for [having a child]. I don’t have enough money for that and I want to finish my schooling,” Nalah said.
“Republicans are working overtime to take away our rights. I can’t imagine having to drive hundreds of miles and worry about taking care of the kids and taking time off work or not having the money to pay for it.” I’m furious and that’s why I’m asking people to know that abortion is on the ballot.”
Pro-choice advocates fear that if both houses of Congress are Republican, there could be an attempt to institute a federal, nationwide abortion ban, negating the possibility of a federal abortion. their ability to keep abortion legal.
In Georgia, the hotly contested Senate race is between incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker, a former American soccer star endorsed by former president Donald Trump.
The pair are currently at an impasse and if Walker wins, it could be decisive in flipping the balance of power in this country back to the Republican Party.
Walker runs his campaign with an anti-abortion message. In August, he said he supported a complete ban on abortion even in cases of rape and incest, although he later revised this to say he supported the current status quo. Georgia’s six-week ban with exceptions.
But stories of Walker’s past emerged and were captured by opponents.
Two women have testified that Walker had an extramarital affair with them and paid for or even pressured them to have an abortion while pregnant.
Walker has denied the claims, not that the scandal appears to be affecting him in the polls or among his support base, which has remained steadfast.
Many of them went out to eat and drink on Saturday at a party outside the Georgia Bulldogs football stadium, the team in which Walker starred.
“I’m not worried about that,” said Vanessa Brosnan, a Republican voter and football fan from Atlanta. He may have a past, but he tells you what’s his. is the past. There is such a thing as forgiveness. “
Others are clear on the basis of their support for Walker. Phillip Jennings, a farmer and Georgia Bulldogs fan from Soperton, Georgia, said: “I would vote for Herschel just because he brought us great football.
He said he used to be a conservative Democrat but the party has “lost its way” and that he will now vote Republican.
“Crime is rampant everywhere,” he said. “If they’re not killing them with guns, they’re trying to kill them with hammers and inflation is killing people too.
“We’re in a bad place in this country, Republicans and Democrats alike, we need a lot of leadership. We need to start looking ahead, solving these little problems later. our backs.”
While many voters were most enthusiastic about issues like crime, immigration and inflation, Democrats remained focused on abortion rights.
After the Supreme Court’s decision to end the constitutional right to abortion, they had a significant boost in the polls but that has now disappeared.
As things go, they could be headed for significant election night defeats, and that has the potential to have a profound effect on women’s rights in America.