According to USA Today, the survey, conducted July 8-10, showed that 61 percent of respondents strongly oppose and 13 percent somewhat oppose their states prohibiting all abortions with no exceptions. In contrast, only 9 percent strongly support the ban, and 8 percent somewhat support it.
However, support for such abortion bans rose when there are exceptions. The poll discovered that 49 percent of respondents strongly oppose and 12 percent somewhat oppose their state prohibiting all abortions, except in cases that prevent death or serious injury to the pregnant individual.
The survey comes on the heels of another poll conducted by the Pew Research Center that indicated that a majority of Americans have an unfavorable view of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark decision that established the constitutional right to an abortion.
The poll showed that nearly six in ten adults (57 percent) disapprove of the court’s decision, including 43 percent who strongly disapprove. Forty-one percent approve of the court’s decision, while 25 percent strongly approve. Meanwhile, 62 percent of women disapprove of the decision to end the federal right to an abortion. More than twice as many women strongly disapprove of the court’s decision (47 percent) as strongly approve (21 percent). In contrast, opinion among men is more closely divided, as 52 percent disapprove (37 percent strongly) and 47 percent approve (28 percent strongly).
The court’s decision to strike down Roe gives the states the authority to set their own abortion policies. So far, at least nine states have banned abortion, including Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Additionally, a dozen more states are expected to prohibit or restrict the procedure in the coming weeks.
The Biden administration told hospitals on Monday, amid increasing pressure from many Democrats and abortion rights groups, that they “must” provide abortion services if the mother’s life is at risk. The guidance stated that the federal law on emergency treatment guidelines preempts state laws in jurisdictions that prohibit the procedure without any exceptions.
On Wednesday, the Biden administration warned roughly 60,000 retail pharmacies nationwide that they are at risk of violating federal civil rights laws if they deny filling prescriptions that could be used for abortions.
“We are committed to ensuring that everyone can access health care, free of discrimination,” Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement.
Ethen Kim Lieser is a Washington state-based Finance and Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek, and Arirang TV. Follow or contact him on LinkedIn.