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Eerie silence from the GOP after Texas abortion win

The Atlantic: “Few political issues inflame passions so much as abortion. The issues of a woman’s right to bodily autonomy (for abortion-rights advocates) and the sanctity of life (for their opponents) are so elemental that scant room exists for compromise, conciliation, or cool analysis. Yet something strange has happened since a new Texas law that practically bans abortion after six weeks went into effect this week, with the passive assent of the U.S. Supreme Court. Liberal groups have been predictably furious and upset, though they recognize that Democrats who control the White House, the House, and (tenuously) the Senate cannot do much.”

“More left-leaning and centrist media outlets, having largely ignored the law before it went into effect, have now entered overdrive in their coverage. But conservatives have been conspicuously silent. As Vox’s Aaron Rupar, who obsessively tracks Fox News, noted, the network paid little attention to the Texas law for much of the day Thursday. Later in the evening, Tucker Carlson did discuss it, sprinkling bad information in as he went. Some anti-abortion organizations have celebrated the news; my colleague Emma Green interviewed John Seago, the legislative director of Texas Right to Life, who was jubilant. But across much of the right, reaction to the law, and the Court’s refusal to block it, have been met with either silence or muted approval.”

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