More Americans Advocate for Legal Abortion, Public Opinion Shifts

United States – Over two years after the U.S. Supreme Court reversed a ruling to make abortion legal in the US, a new poll shows there are more people in America who want their state to allow a woman to get a legal abortion for whatever reason.

In the survey carried out by the new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, slightly over 6/10 respondents opined that women should have the right, while half as many, or 50% of the sampled Americans believed in the same in the year 2021, as reported by HealthDay.

State-Level Abortion Restrictions

After the Supreme Court decision made in June 2022, twelve states have implemented total bans on abortion, with some very narrowly defined circumstances. However, three other states restrict it after roughly six weeks of pregnancy, which is before most women know of their pregnancy, the AP said.

According to the poll, Americans are against a national abortion ban even more.

About 70 percent of respondents said that abortion should be legal on the national level for all or most of the cases compared to 68 percent in the previous year, and about 30 percent of Americans believe that abortion should be illegal in all or most cases.

This is further supported by survey results, which reveal that although the majority of people in the country are against restrictions on abortion, a significant number of those polled had sentiments and inclinations that were incoherent, as reported by the AP.

Complex Views on Abortion Restrictions

Thus, about half of those who stated a woman should be able to get an abortion for any reason indicated their state should not allow the procedure after 24 weeks gestation, and about one in four said their state should not allow abortion after 15 weeks gestation.

Support for Exceptions

However, over eight in ten of the participants asserted that abortion should be legal in certain situations, for instance, when the life of the patient would be in danger. A similar number expressed the same regarding a pregnancy as a result of rape or incest or if the fetus is likely to be disabled and would die soon after being born.

At the same time, 8 in 10 Americans stated that Congress should not approve a federal bill on the abortion ban. Specifically, about two-thirds of all the respondents, including Republicans, said that such a ban should not be enacted across the states.

Poll Methodology

The poll was administered via the Internet and telephone among 1,000 randomly selected adults across the country during June 20-24. The amount of sampling error is plus or minus four percent.

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