The Journal/NBC poll showed a complexity of views on the bans. More women than men supported the state bans, 46% to 40%. Even college-educated women, a group that strongly supports abortion rights, tipped toward favoring the 20-week restrictions.
And, of course, when you expand the field of questioning from 20-week bans to late-term restrictions in general, the support gets even higher. As Gallup found, “One of the clearest messages from Gallup trends is that Americans oppose late-term abortion.”In our post on the Texas abortion controversy we noted that “to many voters this will look like a law aimed at making abortion ‘safe, legal and rare.'” It seems we were right. While a lot of abortion policy is contentious and divisive, there is a clear plurality of Americans who both support keeping abortion legal under some circumstances and also support bills that impose some late-term restrictions and improve the safety of abortion centers.[Image of Pro-Choice Texas Protest from Getty]