The big wave of voter registration we’ve seen from women since the Dobbs decision continues. Tom Bonier talks about it with Teen Vogue.
Women Are Registering to Vote in Huge Numbers in Response to the Roe Decision
In battleground states like Georgia, Wisconsin, and Arizona, there’s been a surge of women registering to vote.
…Tom Bonier, the CEO of TargetSmart, says he was surprised by the data. “You tend not to see significant movement in voter registration,” Bonier tells Teen Vogue.
…what he found was like nothing he’s ever seen in his 28 years of analyzing elections. “Women are registering to vote in numbers I’ve never witnessed before,” he wrote. “I’ve run out of superlatives to describe how different this moment is.” After the referendum in Kansas, Mr. Bonier found that 69% of newly registered voters were women; in fact, the gender gap between newly registered voters went from three points (favoring women) six months before the Roe decision to 40 points after.
Analysts see this as a possible election-changer for the Democrats — The Surge That Could Save Democrats
And abortion providers on the ground are still hard at work. I continue to update the abortion resources page linked above.
Planned Parenthood plans mobile abortion clinic in Illinois
Planned Parenthood officials on Monday announced plans for a mobile abortion clinic — a 37-foot RV that will stay in Illinois but travel close to the borders of adjoining states that have banned the procedure since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade earlier this year.
… both abortion clinics on the Illinois side of the St. Louis region, including one operated by Planned Parenthood in Fairview Heights, have been inundated with patients. Leaders of the St. Louis Planned Parenthood office said that since June, the Fairview Heights clinic has seen a 30% increase in abortion patients — a rate officials said was even higher than they anticipated. Patients from outside Missouri and Illinois increased by more than 340%….
“The mobile abortion clinic is a way to reduce travel times and distances in order to meet patients at the Illinois border,” said Dr. Colleen McNicholas, chief medical officer for Planned Parenthood’s St. Louis office. “This will make a dramatic impact on their access.”
The mobile clinic will travel near to the borders of southeastern Missouri, western Kentucky and northeastern Tennessee. Rodriguez said the RV is expected to arrive this month and should be operational by the end of the year.
One month until the elections, and voting will begin very soon. Let’s keep working.