Washington Post: An overlooked consequence of the Supreme Court’s gerrymandering rulings: Stricter abortion laws
But to really grasp the impact that gerrymandering has had on abortion laws, you have to look back to 2010, said Dan Vicuña, the national redistricting manager at voting rights watchdog group Common Cause. That election year, Republicans set out to win control of as many statehouses as possible, which gave them power to redraw state and congressional districts after the census.
“That effort succeeded beyond their wildest dreams,” Vicuña said. “Republicans took over tons of state legislatures, and they were interested in gerrymandering.”
Since then, he said, it’s no surprise that the number of abortion bans passed at the state level has exploded.