According to new research, around two thirds of Americans believe that the Texas law that empowers citizens to enforce an abortion ban for six weeks should be overturned by the Supreme Court.
A Washington Post/ABC News pollThe survey found that 65 percent of respondents did not agree with the Texas law S.B. 8, that’s been in place since Sept. 1. The law has been in place since Sept. 1. This poll was taken between November 7-10, and included a random sampling of 1001 adult respondents who used landlines and cellphones.
Texas has the strongest abortion law in U.S history. In addition to banning abortion after about six weeks (a point at which many people don’t yet realize they’re pregnant), Texas’ S.B. 8 includes financial incentives for private citizens to seek out and sue anyone who “aids or abets” Texans trying to get an abortion. A person who successfully sues could be awarded a minimum $10,000 bounty and all legal costs paid by the other side.
Two weeks later, the Washington Post/ABC News Survey was published. Supreme Court heard oral argumentsOn the controversial Texas law. Many Supreme Court justices including Donald TrumpAmy Coney Barrett (Appointee) and Brett Kavanaugh (Recipient). seemed open to allowing legal challenges to Texas’ abortion ban. While Texas’ abortion ban is in process of being rescinded, the Supreme Court could decide at any moment.
Although it’s only been in place for a little over two months, the abortion restriction has already had deeply detrimental effectsTexas is home to many people looking for abortions. Many of them are leaving. the state to get abortionsEven though others are less fortunate, they still enjoy the benefits of being forced to give birth. Nearby states such as Oklahoma and New Mexico have abortion clinics. overwhelmed with Texas patientsClinic staff are often overwhelmed by the new patient influx, which causes them to be extremely stressed.
“It’s wild having to navigate medical care in two different states for something as simple as, like, I went home with a bag of pills,” a Texan named Maria, who traveled out of state to get an abortion, told HuffPost last month. “Part of the trauma is the psychological harm that the state is imposing unnecessarily on women and birthing people… This is cruel by design.”
A poll by ABC News and Washington Post found 60% support Roe v. Wade as the Supreme Court’s landmark decision protecting the right to choose. And 75% of respondents believe that decisions about abortion should be “left to the woman and her doctor,” while 20% want the procedure to be regulated by law.
Unsurprisingly, Democrats expressed the greatest support for abortion rights, with 89% saying they want the Supreme Court to reject the Texas abortion restriction and 82% responding that the court should uphold Roe in the upcoming Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, which threatens to overturn Roe altogether.
A poll revealed that Republicans are still opposed to abortion with 55% saying they support Texas law. Only 45% said they would like Roe to be overthrown by the Supreme Court. The majority (53%) said they believed abortion should only be between women and their health care providers.
The Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, set for Dec. 1, centers on a 2018 Mississippi state law that attempts to ban abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The Mississippi law is in direct violation of Roe, which states that abortion procedures are legal up until a fetus’ viability, which is around 24 weeks.
“If the court overrules Roe, takes this right away and allows states to ban abortion at virtually any point in pregnancy, we will see chaos for women and for the poorest people around the country. And the ripple effects will be felt in many states, not just in the states that ban,” said Julie Rikelman, senior director of litigation at the Center for Reproductive Rights, which is representing Jackson Women’s Health Organization.