Since the 2010 elections, states across the country have proposed literally hundreds of restrictive new laws in an attempt to eliminate access to safe abortion care through various means. But the ongoing assault on women’s rights to decide whether and when to have a child, the general public’s attitude on abortion has remained virtually unchanged.
[A] steady majority supports women’s reproductive rights. The same [Pew Research Center] poll found 53 percent saying abortion should be legal in all or most cases, compared to 39 percent who thought it should be illegal in all or most cases. This is very close to the average split over the last couple of years, which, in turn, is very close to the split back in 2007-08.
Interestingly, only 16 percent of Americans believe that abortion should be illegal in all situations, yet it seems to be that 16 percent that is trying to make most of the new abortion laws in the country, foregoing even the most basic of exceptions like rape, incest or mother’s health.