Analyst predicts abortion bills will drive partisan turnout in 2020

Public opinion analyst Karlyn Bowman said on Friday that the recent abortion bans and restrictions in states across the country will drive turnout among both people who support abortion rights and those who oppose such rights in 2020. 

"If you look at the numbers of the strong pro-lifers and strong pro-choice people, most Americans are in the middle," Bowman, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking." 

"They see a lot of grey on this issue. They don't like being pulled in one direction or another, but yes, for those two groups, I think it can definitely drive turnout," she continued. 

The issue made headlines after Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) on Wednesday signed legislation which would make all abortions illegal, even in the cases of rape and incest. The only exceptions to the law are if the procedure is needed to save the life of the pregnant woman.

Liberals have expressed concern the Alabama law and campaigns in other states to make abortion illegal after a fetal heartbeat is detected could be lead to the reversal of Roe v. Wade, which legalized the procedure across the U.S. 

The law comes as other states such as Ohio, Georgia, and Missouri have also passed restrictions on the procedure. 

— Julia Manchester