Fewer Americans Want Roe v. Wade Overturned
An AP-NORC poll in December 2021 found that Democrats increasingly see protecting abortion rights as a high priority for the government, Mark Sherman and Zeke Miller reported for the Associated Press (AP).
Photo Insert: In general, AP-NORC polling finds a majority of the public favors abortion being legal in most or all cases
Other polling shows relatively few Americans want to see Roe overturned. In 2020, AP VoteCast found that 69% of voters in the presidential election said the Supreme Court should leave the Roe v. Wade decision as is; just 29% said the court should overturn the decision.
In general, AP-NORC polling finds a majority of the public favors abortion being legal in most or all cases, Jessica Gresko and Lindsay Whitehurst also reported for AP.
In a joint statement from Congress’ top two Democrats, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said, “If the report is accurate, the Supreme Court is poised to inflict the greatest restriction of rights in the past fifty years — not just on women but on all Americans.”
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, also a Democrat, said people seeking abortions could head to New York.
“For anyone who needs access to care, our state will welcome you with open arms. Abortion will always be safe & accessible in New York,” Hochul said in a tweet. Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch said in a statement, “We will let the Supreme Court speak for itself and wait for the Court’s official opinion.”
Writing for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz late on May 3, Allison Kaplan Sommer said when Roe v. Wade dies, Israel will be more liberal than the US on abortion.
“For liberal American Jews, the Supreme Court draft decision leaked on Monday night – which would reverse Roe vs. Wade and open the door to severe restrictions on abortion across the US – is a nightmare come true. If it becomes the law of the land, a new reality will emerge: One in which it will be far easier to obtain a legal abortion in Israel than in much of the US.”