Why anti-abortion groups are struggling at the ballot box

Despite several wins in state legislatures, anti-abortion advocates have failed to convince voters on Election Day

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Since the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, access to abortion has been one of the most contentious topics in American politics. The battle has raged across the country for the last four decades, as anti-abortion and abortion-rights activists have clashed in the courts, state houses, and the halls of Congress.

Last week's referendum in Albuquerque, where voters rejected a ban on abortion after 20 weeks, underscored a new development in the fight. And it also highlighted a fundamental disconnect in the way Americans approach restrictions on terminating pregnancies — particularly when they're asked to pull the trigger on a significant change to abortion law.

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