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    (May 18) The U.S. Supreme Court’s agreement to take up a Mississippi abortion case has injected an unexpected culture-war issue into a 2022 midterm election season that both parties hoped would be a referendum on President Joe Biden’s economic plan.

    Whichever side wins at the high court could end up losing at the ballot box. Both abortion rights groups and anti-abortion activists are gearing up to make Roe v. Wade an unavoidable issue as the races for Congress and state government offices heat up.

    “Abortion just became one of the top issues of the 2022 midterm elections. See you on the battlefield,” tweeted Nikki Goldschein, associate director of the Planned Parenthood’s political action committee, which supports abortion rights candidates.

    “This is the most consequential case for the court to take up since Roe v. Wade,” said Mallory Quigley of the Susan B. Anthony List, which backs anti-abortion candidates. “It’s encouraging for pro-life voters to see the fruit of past elections coming to bear.”

    The Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider gutting the longstanding right to abortion by deciding if a Mississippi law to ban abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy is constitutional. The move suggests the court’s conservative majority, strengthened by three appointees of former President Donald Trump, might be ready to roll back the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.

    Abortion hasn’t played a key role in electoral politics for years. And if the court strikes down the Mississippi law, it could fade by election season. But a decision that threatens Roe v. Wade could fire up voters who haven’t been moved by the abortion issue for a long time, said Democratic pollster Celinda Lake.

    “It has the potential to energize our side, and energize suburban women,” she said.

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