As the Democratic Party faces multiple political crises ahead of the November midterms, some are especially concerned that the party is losing its support among the youngest generation, Generation Z, over its response to the Supreme Court’s historic decision on abortion.
According to Yahoo News, Democratic analysts fear that the party is not doing enough to show resistance or outrage over the court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a ruling which overturned both Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and essentially returned the matter of abortion back to the states to be decided, rather than keep it a federal issue.
Some analysts claim that voters under the age of 30 – most Millennials and the entirety of Gen Z – are the most pro-abortion generation in history. As a result of the Democrats’ perceived inaction, these voters may now be even less likely to show up in November, despite previously record-high participation in the 2018 midterms and the 2020 presidential election.
“There’s a fine line between the recent events pushing someone to never vote again or pushing someone to vote with that righteous anger and bring friends with them,” said Maxwell Frost, a 25-year-old congressional candidate in Florida, running as a Democrat. “It’s up to our leaders to decide which direction that’s going to go in. When they show they’re in the fight, using all the resources to fight for the most vulnerable in our community…but we need more right now.”
Far-left Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has expressed similar sentiments, declaring online that the Democratic Party “cannot make promises, hector people to vote, and then refuse to use our full power.” She and other progressives have called for, among other measures, executive orders in support of abortion and proposals to expand the size of the Supreme Court.
Joe Biden himself has expressed support for changing the long-standing rules of the Senate filibuster in order to pass a law codifying Roe v. Wade into law, but those plans have been vocally opposed by Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.).
Terrance Woodbury, a Democratic pollster, said that even if such proposals don’t go anywhere, this kind of “political theater” is what is needed to motivate younger voters by showing that the party is “willing to fight for them.” But another Democratic strategist, Chuck Rocha, disagreed: “They are tired of us saying, ‘we’re fighting,’ but not delivering. What can you do tangibly to make a difference to do something about this?”
“We are good at bringing a policy book to a fist fight,” Rocha continued. “And I worry about young people not showing up to vote because of it.”