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For example, you noted abortion. If the GOP put together a package that prohibited all public funding for abortion services (not just federal, but state and local tax proceeds as well), outlawed third-trimester abortion altogether, prohibited second-trimester abortions except for rape, incest, and life of mother, and required abortions to be provided in facilities that had some minimum standards that sound reasonable (but are really restrictive in practice) - all of those things individually poll pretty well. Put them together in a bill, and you probably have a political winner. For the base, that would be a vast improvement over current conditions, and would sharply curtail abortions in states they can't reach. They'd love to curtail abortion access in CA and NY.

I think an omnibus abortion restriction bill such as this would not poll as well as you think, except in red states. It all adds up to "severely restricting access to abortion nationwide", which is against the preferences of a comfortable majority nationwide, and against huge majorities in blue states, and in the suburbs, where I think it would mobilize young people and women (even more) against the Republican party.

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