25 men voted to ban abortion in Alabama. Do they reflect the rest of America?


Alabama’s legislature passed a near-total abortion ban. The bill now goes to Gov. Kay Ivey.

On Tuesday, 25 white male Republicans in Alabama voted to ban abortion in the state at every stage of pregnancy, unless the mother’s physical or mental health is in jeopardy. If Gov. Kay Ivey signs the bill, it will become the most restrictive abortion law in the country.

A dozen states in 2019 have either passed or attempted to pass stricter abortion legislation. With the appointments of Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, anti-abortion activists and conservative lawmakers are betting the bans will lead to lawsuits that could push the high court to overturn Roe v. Wade, which recognizes a woman’s constitutional right to abortion. 

But polling shows the recent abortion bans are out of line with most American’s beliefs.

What Americans say about abortion

Nearly 60% of U.S. adults say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, according to a 2018 survey from the Pew Research Center.

While Gallup shows Americans are evenly split on how they personally identify — 48% of Americans consider themselves pro-life and 48% are pro-choice — as of 2018, 79% of Americans believe abortion should be legal in at least some circumstances.

54% of Americans say they are either satisfied with the country’s abortion laws or would like them to be made less strict, according to Gallup. 

Partisan views

More than a third of Republicans believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases, according to Pew.

Gender views

Men and women have similar views on abortion: 60% of women and 57% of men say it should be legal in all or most cases, according to Pew.

Religious views

More than half of Catholics think abortion should be legal in all or most cases, according to Pew, as do 70% of white mainline Protestants.

Six in 10 Catholic voters believe abortion can be a moral choice, according to Catholics for Choice, a pro-choice organization of faith.

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