Commonwealth Policy Center

According to some Democratic strategists, abortion rights are a top campaign issue that’s a game changer for Democratic candidates. But is this true? In light of recent elections, the answer is no. Republicans won control of the Kentucky House in 2016. Since then, the GOP legislature has enacted 13 pro-life laws. If these bills were so controversial, why have Kentucky voters continued to increase the Republican majority to supermajority status? If abortion was such an important issue, why did Kentuckians vote for Donald Trump in 2020 by a huge margin even after Trump appointed justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, who were pivotal to overturning Roe v. Wade? The Democratic strategy just doesn’t add up, and tomorrow’s legislative election will very likely confirm this.