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ICYMI: Teen Vogue: 2022 Governors’ Races Will Be Crucial for Protecting Abortion Rights

By Fortesa Latifi

November 18, 2021

Key points:

  • This fall, Texas banned abortion past six weeks of pregnancy — which is just two weeks after a missed menstrual cycle, before many people know they’re pregnant. Under the ban, anyone who “aids or abets” abortion can be sued, including doctors who perform the procedure and Uber drivers who transport patients to clinics. And in a legal maneuver that shifts the enforcement of the law toward private citizens, anyone who suspects an abortion was performed outside the six-week mark can sue those involved and collect a $10,000 bounty.
  • The state official who signed this extreme abortion ban into law, Republican Greg Abbott, is one of 36 governors whose seats are up for grabs in the 2022 midterm elections. And activists are trying to make it clear just how much power this office holds on everything from abortion rights to voting access. Teen Vogue spoke with governors and activists in three closely watched states about their hopes, fears, and strategy ahead of the midterms.
  • The battleground state of Nevada is currently helmed by Governor Steve Sisolak, who is an outspoken supporter of Planned Parenthood. In a 2018 ad, he showed his support for the organization alongside his daughters, Ashley and Carley. “It’s a personal issue to me. I raised two daughters by myself and there are certain things that young girls just don’t talk to their dads about and reproductive rights are one of them,” Sisolak tells Teen Vogue. “I took them to Planned Parenthood and they took advantage of the services and counseling that were offered.” The governor says he’s thankful the resource was there for his daughters and he wants to maintain it for other people across his state.

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