How abortion emerged as the GOP's favorite wedge issue

The culture wars are back

Abortion protesters
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The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal of a decision striking down Arizona's 20-week abortion ban, delivering a victory for reproductive rights advocates who had argued that the ban was a blatant attempt to chip away at Roe v. Wade.

In opting not to hear the case, the high court sidestepped an opportunity to address similar laws that have popped up elsewhere around the country in the past few years. Indeed, the mere fact that such a case came to the justices' attention in the first place underscored how Republican lawmakers, at both the state and federal level, have redoubled their efforts to restrict abortion access.

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