Abortion is about to become a major midterm election issue, as conservative voters look to elect anti-abortion senators who can confirm Supreme Court justices to overturn Roe v. Wade. Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser tells Axios that "The future of Roe v. Wade is on the line this election without question."

Why it matters: More Republican senators would make it easier to pass stricter abortion laws on the federal level. With groups like SBA List getting involved in battleground Senate races, Democrats will be forced to start talking about the topic they're trying to avoid.

Driving the news: President Trump headlined the SBA List's annual Campaign for Life gala earlier this month, where Dannenfelser called him the most “pro-life president” ever.

The big picture: Anti-abortion advocates have seen advances in some states already. Mississippi passed a law banning abortion after 15 weeks, Iowa passed a fetal heartbeat bill stopping abortion after six weeks, and Ohio legislators have proposed outlawing all abortions. Federal courts have blocked many anti-abortion laws, like Mississippi’s, but advocates remain energized.

The other side: See our interview with pro-abortion rights EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock here.

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China announces retaliatory sanctions on U.S. officials

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China's Foreign Ministry announced Monday that it's imposing sanctions on Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) along with nine other Americans, including Freedom House president Michael Abramowitz and Human Rights Watch Executive director Kenneth Roth, per Bloomberg.

Why it matters: It's a direct response to similar actions by the U.S. that included the Trump administration placing sanctions on officials Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam last Friday over Beijing's encroachment of the Asian financial hub's s autonomy. China announced last month it would ban Rubio and Cruz from entering the country over their criticisms of human rights abuses in Xinjiang.

Editor's note: This is a developing news story. Please check back for updates.

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Police and protesters clash in Belarus after "Europe's last dictator" claims election win

Protesters and riot police clash in Minsk, Belarus, on Sunday during a demonstration against President Alexander Lukashenko's claim of a landslide victory. Photo: Misha Friedman/Getty Images)

Riot police clashed with protesters in Belarus overnight after a government exit poll predicted Sunday President Aleksander Lukashenko, an authoritarian who has ruled the Eastern European country since 1994, had overwhelmingly defeated a pro-democracy opposition candidate.

Why it matters: It's a precarious moment for the former Soviet republic, where decades of repression and a complete disregard for the coronavirus pandemic threaten to topple "Europe's last dictator." Rights groups said at least one protester was killed and dozens more wounded in a "police crackdown," per AP.

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2 Lebanese ministers and 9 lawmakers resign days after deadly explosion

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Lebanon’s information and environment ministers resigned Sunday in the wake of massive protests over the deadly blast in Beirut's port last week, per AP.

Why it matters: In her resignation letter, Information Minister Manal Abdel-Samad called change "elusive" and apologized for not delivering more to the country, which had been devastated by a financial crisis and the coronavirus pandemic even before the blast destroyed much of the capital city.