As the country moves to ban abortion on demand under the guise of Roe v.
Wade, there is mounting evidence that Americans are less willing than ever to go that far.
The latest Pew Research Center survey finds that 63% of Americans now say abortion should be illegal on demand, the highest level of support since the 1970s.
Meanwhile, 60% of people say abortion is “sometimes necessary” or “always necessary” in the first trimester, down from 76% in 2013.
Even with the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v Wade, the issue of abortion has been largely left to the states, with only 12 states currently outlawing abortion outright.
A recent poll found that nearly half of Americans say abortion “should be legal in the case of rape or incest.”
The numbers show the deep divide between how Americans view abortion in modern times and how they view abortion at the hands of doctors.
While support for abortion has grown in recent years, there has been a sharp drop in support among white evangelical Protestants, an important voting bloc in the Republican Party.
That shift was driven by the Supreme Justice’s ruling, with an overwhelming majority of white evangelicals (72%) saying abortion should never be legal under any circumstances.
While there are plenty of exceptions for cases of rape and incest, the vast majority of Americans — including 84% of Republicans — also oppose abortion on the basis of the woman’s life.
In contrast, a majority of Democrats (58%) and Republicans (62%) say abortion has to be legal when the life of the mother is at risk, and a majority — 57% of independents and 57% Americans overall — believe the woman has the right to choose when she becomes pregnant.
When asked if they would support an abortion if the life and health of the baby were at risk — or if she had a medical condition that made abortion necessary — about a quarter of Americans (24%) said they would.
Another 27% of those surveyed would support abortion only if the baby’s life was at risk.
Those numbers were similar to the findings of the first-ever Pew Research survey conducted in 2016, which found that support for Roe v.- Wade has grown significantly since the 1980s.
In the 2016 survey, 70% of the public said abortion should always be legal, while 23% said it should be legal “sometimes.”
And even among Republicans, there was a sizable shift from the late 1990s, when 71% said abortion was “sometimes” or sometimes “often” necessary.
The Pew survey also found that the public is increasingly willing to use a doctor to provide abortion care.
Overall, 47% of respondents said they wanted a doctor who knew how to perform abortions to perform them, while only 35% said they did not want a doctor that could do it.
And a majority, 56%, said they were willing to trust a doctor with the responsibility of performing an abortion even if it meant putting the health of a child at risk: 44% said doctors would always be trusted, 46% said a doctor would be trusted with a patient’s life, and 31% said the doctor would always have a patient at risk for an abortion.
The public’s willingness to use doctors has been on the rise, as more Americans are seeing doctors as an acceptable option for abortions.
In 2016, 54% of all Americans said doctors were willing or able to perform an abortion, while 31% didn’t know or did not have an opinion on the issue.
And in 2017, a plurality of Americans said they trusted doctors to perform a medical abortion (38%) over a doctor performing an unwanted pregnancy (24%).
The shift in public opinion has coincided with the rise of abortion rights organizations.
During the past several years, the Supreme Center for Reproductive Rights has been leading the charge for access to safe, legal abortion, as well as efforts to make it easier for women to access abortion services.
The Center for Medical Progress recently released undercover videos that exposed Planned Parenthood’s harvesting of fetal tissue for research.
In a recent interview with NPR, Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, argued that Planned Parenthood has been able to make abortion safer, with the help of “tactical abortion” — in other words, the surgical removal of tissue that is removed from the uterus to create an embryo.
Richards added that the videos were not intended to hurt Planned Parenthood, and that Planned, like other abortion providers, should be held to a higher standard of ethical conduct.
In addition, Planned Parenthood also has faced a series of legal challenges over its abortion services, including one that led to a court order banning the organization from performing abortion services in a rural area.
The Supreme Court has also issued several rulings that have expanded the definition of “fetal tissue” to include organs and tissues of fetuses that have been donated or otherwise donated, and have further limited abortion access in a number of states.
With these developments, it is no surprise that the abortion industry is seeking to defend its legal rights under the First Amendment. A