A recent poll from CBS News has found that the majority of Americans feel a change in abortion law in the U.S. is needed. Fifty-five (55) percent of the 1,309 individuals surveyed — including 331 of whom identified as Republicans and 454 of whom identified as Democrats — want to see greater abortion restrictions, or to see it entirely outlawed, in the United States.
According to this poll, 24 percent of Americans think abortion “should not be permitted” at all, while 31 percent say abortion should be “available but under limits.” When asked if Roe v. Wade — the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion — should be overturned, 63 percent said it should remain as is. This majority public opinion is in stark contrast with the extreme abortion laws that pro-abortion politicians are attempting to pass.
While Roe v. Wade legalized abortion, its sister-ruling Doe v. Bolton ensured that abortion could be committed up until birth for any reason, including the categories of “physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age.” A 2013 survey found that many Americans don’t truly know the ramifications of Roe v. Wade. These laws didn’t simply legalize abortion as the poll states; they allowed abortion for virtually any reason and, therefore, any restrictions or regulations put into place either federally or at the state level — including laws to ensure the safety of women — are considered unconstitutional by the abortion industry and pro-abortion politicians.
The fact that polls continue to show that the majority of Americans want stronger abortion restrictions proves that extreme abortion laws, like those passed in New York and Illinois, go against the views of the American public. In addition, the push by certain politicians and presidential candidates to undo the Hyde Amendment and allow taxpayer funding of abortion shows how out of touch pro-abortion politicians are with the majority of Americans’ views on abortion.
With the 2020 election looming, CBS News also asked its survey participants if they “would ever vote for a candidate who does NOT share your views on abortion, or is this issue so important that you could not vote for a candidate who disagrees with you?” Thirty-nine (39) percent of Republicans said they would not vote for a candidate who held different views from them on abortion, while 49 percent of Democrats said the same. In total, 42 percent of those surveyed said they would not vote for a candidate who does not share their view on abortion.
Interestingly, the poll also shows that “[a] large majority of Democratic women (eight in 10) favor keeping Roe v. Wade, a number that drops to 45% among Republican women,” according to CBS News.
Additionally, responders who said they attend church on a regular basis were more likely to favor greater restrictions on abortion or to believe Roe v. Wade should be overturned.
The Supreme Court is currently considering a Louisiana law known as “The Unsafe Abortion Act,” which aims to ensure that women who suffer injuries during an abortion have access to proper and consistent medical care through requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges like other doctors. The law was introduced by Democratic Senator Katrina Jackson in 2014 but was challenged by the Center for Reproductive Rights, the Hope Medical Group for Women, and two abortionists. It is the first abortion-related case to be heard by the Supreme Court since both Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh were sworn in.
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