Most Americans want the newly empowered states to restrict access to abortion, according to a new poll reported on by Breitbart News.
Despite claims in the media that Americans overturned the Supreme Court’s decision to rescind federal protections for abortions, more Americans actually believe states should decide on abortion laws and some would support a national ban.
Via Breitbart News:
Following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe, 46 percent of Americans say Congress should pass national law allowing abortions. However, 44 percent say states should decide, and seven percent would support a national ban, a new Monmouth University poll found. These high percentages in favor of states’ rights are in direct conflict with the fact that 60 percent of those same respondents disapprove of overturning Roe, compared to 37 percent who approve.
The contradiction shows what other pollsters have revealed: many Americans are unaware of what the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision entails. A May poll from the University of Massachusetts Amherst showed that one quarter of Americans falsely believe overturning Roe would make abortion illegal nationwide.
The poll notably phrased the question to ask: “The Roe versus Wade decision, which has guided abortion law in the United States since 1973, was overturned by the Supreme Court on Friday. Do you approve or disapprove of the court overturning Roe?”
The language omitted the fact that Roe established a constitutional right to abortion up until the moment of birth and that its overturning would put the decision on abortion regulations back in the hands of state legislatures.
In the first trimester, 66 percent of people believe that a woman has more rights than an “unborn baby” (23 percent), but in the second and third trimesters, the rights of the unborn child take precedence.
In the second trimester, 44% of women and 46% of babies believe that the woman has more rights. In the third trimester, this ratio rises, with 53 percent of Americans agreeing, compared to just 37 percent of mothers, that the unborn child has more rights.
Unsurprisingly, 80% of Democrats who responded to the survey favor a federal law that permits abortion. Of Republicans, about 69% of the party, favor state discretion over abortion regulations.