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Abortion rights activists frustrated with get out the vote messaging

Des Moines Register logo Des Moines Register 8/15/2022 Katie Akin, Des Moines Register

Good morning.

In the weeks since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Democrats in Iowa and across the country have called on people to vote in November. President Joe Biden said "Roe is on the ballot" and Democrats raised $80 million in the days after the decision.

But young Iowa activists said they're not enthusiastic about the upcoming midterms. Instead, there's a widespread sense of frustration and disappointment with the political system. That includes both Republicans, who hold power in Iowa and want more restrictions on abortion, and Democrats, who have a majority in the U.S. Congress but failed to protect Roe before it was overturned.

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This is politics reporter Katie Akin. I spoke to several young abortion rights activists about what this moment feels like for them — and how it has changed their perspective on politics.

Video: Lawmakers arrested at abortion rights protest (The Washington Post)


Most activists said they still plan to vote, but they're focused now on local races and donating to grassroots organizations, rather than big-ticket Democrats running for Congress.

You can read my full story here.

Meanwhile, the State Fair continues in Des Moines. We had Adm. Michael Franken on the Soapbox yesterday. We'll have more candidates today, tomorrow and on Saturday, so please swing by and say hello if you're visiting the fair!

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