Virginia district takes center stage in the fight to stop abortion bans

Virginia district takes center stage in the fight to stop abortion bans

With Republicans’ strict abortion bans blanketing nearly the entire Southeast, Virginia has become the last Southern state where pregnant people can access abortion care through fetal viability or to protect their health.

Just north of its border with North Carolina sits Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District, where Republican Jen Kiggans’ reelection bid is shaping up to be a referendum on GOP efforts to pass abortion bans across the country.

House Democrats see a real opportunity in the district, making Kiggans’ challenger, Missy Cotter Smasal, a first-round pick in January for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s red-to-blue list. It’s a district President Joe Biden won in 2020 by roughly 2 points, according to Daily Kos Elections.

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