Abortion rights have long been ballot winners — but post-Roe, even more so

Since Roe v. Wade, abortion rights have been a highly contested issue in American politics, and a major ballot box issue during elections. The 1973 Supreme Court ruling bolstered existing state policies on abortion rights, and the issue has been at the forefront of elections ever since. As public opinion on abortion rights has become increasingly polarized, support for candidates who support abortion rights has become a major motivator for voters. Moreover, in the wake of Roe v. Wade, there have been legal challenges to abortion rights across the country, and the issue has come into even sharper focus for many voters. For that reason, abortion rights have become an even bigger ballot box issue in post-Roe America. Whatever the outcome of these challenges, abortion rights remain a major source of political engagement and energy for countless voters.