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In many states with antiabortion laws, majorities favor abortion rights by Professor Jake Grumbach

Submitted by Toni Kwong on June 29, 2022 - 11:07am

After Roe v. Wade was struck down by the recent Supreme Court ruling of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, state governments now have the authority to fully ban abortion. Although the Supreme Court's justification of the ruling was to return the authority to the people and their elected representatives, there are big differences between what people want and the laws that their legislatures have adopted since many states with strict antiabortion laws have strong pro-abortion rights majorities. The reason for that is state policy has been polarized since the 1990s in part by gridlock in Washington. According to polls that ask whether respondents support banning abortion "in all or most cases" or keeping it legal in all or most cases, a majority of the public in about 40 states supports legal abortion rights. Whereas only about 10 states have majorities that oppose allowing abortions. 

Link here for the Washington Post Monkey Cage article.