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Abortion decision means more anger, strife in country already divided

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Never before has the Supreme Court so dramatically taken away a constitutional right.

It's impossible, therefore, to know the full effect of its seismic decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

Only that life in America will grow edgier, angrier and even more contentious in a country already so deeply divided that it's more like hostile entities, red and blue, living uneasily on the same riven landmass.

Democrats hope the shock of Friday's ruling will galvanize the party's base, stirring the otherwise apathetic to vote, and also coax support from independents and even some Republicans — especially women — aggrieved at seeing the legal right to abortion vanish into air.

"Democrats needed an energizing, organizing dynamic and this provides it," said Fred Yang, a veteran Democratic pollster and strategist who is working in a number of competitive House and Senate races around the country.

The party is battling the twin headwinds of high inflation and low confidence in the Biden administration.

"We've needed something affirmative to say and an issue where we can say affirmatively we're going to protect your rights," Yang said. "This is it."

But the proof points, so far, are few and contradictory.

The first meaningful and lasting test of political consequence will come in November, when control of the House and Senate are at stake along with thousands of legislative seats and the governor's office in 36 states. Republicans seem all but certain to win the........

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