Inside the push for a nationwide ban on abortion medication

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Right-wing officials insisted their push to overturn Roe v. Wade was an effort to respect states’ rights and the democratic process. Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch (R), who represented her state in its successful effort to invalidate Roe, wrote a November 2021 op-ed in the Washington Post claiming the case was about “returning decision-making about abortion policy to the people.” 

Fitch wrote that “the core principle of democratic self-governance [is] that U.S. citizens act on hard issues through the men and women they elect and can hold accountable at the ballot box.” She lamented that

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