A majority of Americans do not want the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the precedent set in a landmark case protecting the right to abortion care without excessive government interference, according to a recent CNN poll. conducted by SSRS.
The findings, which mirror similar surveys, come near the 49th anniversary of the 1973 ruling in Roe vs. Wadeand the impending Supreme Court decision in a Mississippi case that could undermine decades of precedent.
Sixty-nine percent of Americans would oppose a decision that completely reverses deerwith only 30% support.
If the country’s High Court overturned that precedent, 59% of respondents said they would still wish their state laws were less restrictive on abortion.
Supreme Court mulls ruling involving Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, marking biggest direct challenge to deer in years.
It remains unclear whether the court’s six conservative justices — who now hold a majority on the bench — will abide by state law or undermine deer entirely by allowing states to impose their own bans at different stages of pregnancy.
This result would actually contradict the deer decision that established a constitutional right to abortion and prohibited states from banning the procedure before fetal viability at approximately 23 weeks.
Reversal deer would immediately or quickly ban all abortions in more than 20 states, forcing women who can afford it to travel hundreds of miles to safely access an abortion
But the CNN/SSRS poll finds that only 20% of Americans support a total ban on abortion in their state, while 40% said they want their respective states to impose more restrictive laws governing abortion care. .
Meanwhile, 52% of respondents support their state becoming a “safe haven” for women seeking abortions who cannot get care in their state.
Partisan and ideological divides determine results – 86% of Democrats and 89% of Liberal poll respondents oppose cancellation deercompared to 44% of Republicans and 33% of Conservatives.
The poll was conducted between Jan. 13 and Jan. 19 among a random national sample of 1,000 U.S. adults.
In the ongoing case in the country’s High Court, Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organizationthe state of Mississippi asked judges to throw out a 50-year-old precedent as well as a precedent set in a separate case, Planned Parenthood vs. Caseywhich prohibits states from imposing an “undue burden” on access to abortion.
This week, the Supreme Court also rejected another attempt by Texas abortion providers to block the state’s recently enacted law that bans most abortions at six weeks gestation.
In her dissent, Judge Sonia Sotomayor called her court’s refusal to intervene a “disaster for the rule of law and grave harm to women in Texas.”
On January 21, thousands of anti-abortion activists gathered in Washington DC for the 49th annual March for Life, falling before the anniversary of the deer decision.
Abortion rights advocates and opponents are preparing for this year’s anniversary – which falls on January 22 – to be the last with deer intact.
Abortion rights groups have urged Congress to codify abortion protections into law, which the White House supports.
“For two generations, people have relied on abortion rights to shape their lives and their futures,” said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, among groups advocating for abortion providers. of Mississippi in the Supreme Court.
She said in a statement that the fallout from the case in Texas — the nation’s second-largest state — “provides a startling glimpse into the chaos and panic that will unfold across vast swaths of the country” without Deer.
“Much of the progress women have made towards gender equality over the past 49 years is a direct result of access to legal abortion,” she said in a statement. “The United States is an outlier, heading down a dangerous and retrograde path of regressing rights protections.”