Support for abortion rights at highest point in decades: poll

Support for abortion remaining legal in the U.S. is at its highest point in more than two decades, according to a poll released Monday. 

Sixty percent of adults say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, according to a Washington Post–ABC News poll. This comes as several states with conservative legislatures have passed laws restricting access to the procedure. 

{mosads}That number of support tops the 55 percent who said abortion should be legal in all or most cases in the same poll in 2013. It is the highest level of support since 1995, when the same percentage of respondents supported the procedure remaining legal.

But the poll does show that most Americans want to see some limits on the procedure.

Twenty-seven percent said abortion should be legal in all cases and 33 percent said it should be legal in most cases, while 22 percent said it should be illegal in most cases. Fourteen percent said it should always be illegal. 

The majority of Americans also indicated that they did not think abortion access should be expanded: 41 percent said states should “leave the law on women’s access to abortion as it is now,” why 32 percent said abortion access should be expanded. Forty-one percent of those surveyed said it should be harder to access an abortion. 

Several states, including Alabama, Georgia and Kentucky, have passed strict abortion restrictions this year in an effort to get the Supreme Court to weaken or overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling establishing a woman’s right to abortion. 

The court has largely steered clear of the issue in recent years, but anti-abortion advocates say it’s only a matter of time before it will have to rule on one of the many abortion cases making their way through the courts. 

Some of the laws don’t have rape or incest exemptions, which have become commonplace in abortion bills passed over the years. 

The poll released Tuesday shows 60 percent of Americans consider abortion to be an important issue when considering how they will vote for president. 

A majority also said they disapprove of the way President Trump is handling abortion, 54 percent to 32 percent. 

The administration has blocked undocumented minors in U.S. custody from getting abortions and is working to ban Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from a federal family planning program. 

The law prohibits the use of federal funding for abortion, but the administration argues that any money flowing to abortion providers still indirectly supports the procedure.

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