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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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Corporate America finds downside to politics

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Corporate America is finding it can get messy when it steps into politics.

Why it matters: Urged on by shareholders, employees and its own company creeds, Big Business is taking increasing stands on controversial political issues during recent months — and now it's beginning to see the fallout.

Church groups say they can help the government more at border

A mural inside of Casa del Refugiado in El Paso, Texas. Photo: Stef Kight/Axios

Despite the separation between church and state, the federal government depends upon religious shelters to help it cope with migration at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Why it matters: The network supports the U.S. in times of crisis, but now some shelter leaders are complaining about expelling families to Mexico when they have capacity — and feel a higher calling — to accommodate them.

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