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Abortion rights supporters do not often see eye to eye on every detail of how abortion should be restricted, or if the practice should be regulated by the government at all. This is especially true after the Supreme Court’s 2022 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. New polling by PerryUndem suggests that a significant chunk of abortion-rights supporters oppose any government regulations on abortion, even limits on later abortion that were largely uncontroversial before Dobbs.
PerryUndem asked 4,037 registered voters if they supported a hypothetical constitutional amendment that established reproductive freedom. Those who received the version of the ballot measure lacking language that allowed the state to regulate abortion after fetal viability were 15 percentage points more likely to say they would “definitely” vote for it. This sentiment was particularly pronounced among Democrats and women of reproductive age (ages 18 to 44).
This shift could potentially create new opportunities, and new challenges for abortion-rights supporters pushing for ballot measures like the one that passed in Michigan last year. In addition, Gallup’s polling has reported the share of Americans who think abortion should be legal during the third trimester rising from 8 percent in 2000 to 22 percent in 2023. This was driven mainly by increasing support among Democrats, young people and women.
Maine’s Democratic governor recently signed a bill allowing abortion at any point in pregnancy as long as it’s deemed medically necessary. This is evidence of the politics of later abortion shifting, as such restrictions were once uncontroversial even for blue states.
However, a majority of respondents in the Marist College/NPR/PBS NewsHour poll still