WASHINGTON (AP) — A flood of laws banning abortions in Republican-run states has handed a political weapon heading into next year’s elections, helping them paint the GOP as extreme and court centrist voters who could decide congressional races in swing states, members of both parties say.

The Alabama law outlawing virtually all abortions, even in cases of rape or incest, is the strictest so far. Besides animating Democrats, the law has prompted , other Republican leaders and lawmakers seeking re-election next year to distance themselves from the measure.

Their reaction underscores that have risked overplaying their hand with severe state laws that they hope will prod the Supreme Court, with its ascendant conservative majority, to strike down Roe v. Wade,

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