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WASHINGTON DC- Pro-life and pro-choice activists outside the Supreme Court predicted how the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade could influence the vote in the midterm elections.
“My brother said to me, ‘Tighe, what will happen when this is over?’ I said ‘nothing,'” Tighe, a pro-choice activist, told Fox News. “Because there is no opposition party in the United States.
The Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision on Friday in a 5-4 vote, giving states the power to decide their abortion laws.
The decision came just over four months before November’s midterm elections.
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“If it affects mid-terms, it will be nominal,” one pro-life activist told Fox News. “But right now Roe v. Wade just got canceled…it’s insane.”
Another pro-life campaigner said the decision would be “huge” for voting decisions.
“I think there are a lot of other things going on in the country. But, again, I think that’s the biggest problem,” the protester said.
Michael, a pro-life activist, told Fox News, “The country is already too polarized on this issue.”
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“I don’t think it’s going to change people’s votes,” Michael said.
“It may have an impact, but I don’t think it’s going to have a big impact. I think inflation [and] gas prices, these are issues that people are going to vote on.”
Inflation hit a new 40-year high in May, according to the Labor Ministry. Meanwhile, average average gasoline prices topped $5 a gallon for the first time earlier this month.
A USA Today/Suffolk University poll released on Friday showed that just under 15% of likely voters considered abortion the most important election issue heading into November’s midterms.
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A pro-choice activist told Fox News that the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade would change his voting decisions.
“I think you absolutely have to support candidates who ensure that women’s rights are protected,” she said.
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Tighe, who said he protested Capitol Hill issues for 30 years, said Democrats were just as responsible for the decision as Republicans.
“They want all our rights gone,” Tighe said. “How can you explain a Democratic Party that failed to move forward on Roe v. Wade to codify it for 40 years. They don’t have the value system.”
Thomas Phibben contributed to this report
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