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Abortion debate sparks women's activism and jumps to the head of 2020 campaign agenda

WASHINGTON - After Alabama's governor signed a near-total ban on abortion into law last week, a surge of women interested in running for office contacted EMILY's List, a political group that supports abortion rights. The Virginia Democratic Party saw a spike in contributions. VoteRunLead, a group that trains female candidates, saw enrollment for an upcoming weekend course abruptly almost double.

With abortion policy returning to the center of national attention, women are back in the spotlight as a central force in Democratic politics. The party's 2020 presidential candidates have responded quickly, scrambling to promote abortion rights policies in campaigns that had mostly been giving priority to economic issues.

Women - as candidates, voters and activists - were a pivotal element of Democrats' success in the 2018 midterm elections. Their energy has been diffused in the enormous field of Democratic presidential candidates. But now many Democratic women are joining together for the abortion fight that has

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