As more states enforce abortion bans, public opinion is shifting

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Tuesday, September 27, 2022 - 12:06pm
Updated: Wednesday, September 28, 2022 - 7:54am

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Abortion rights demonstration at U.S. Supreme Court 2016
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Abortion rights advocates gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court in 2016.

A Pima County judge said Sept. 23 that Arizona can enforce a near-total ban on abortions. Planned Parenthood is now asking courts to temporarily suspend that ruling.

Arizona is not the only state in the country to enact an abortion ban, or near-total ban since the fall of Roe v. Wade. There are 13 other states with similar bans on the books and several more where there are similar legal battles playing out.

But as all of this takes place, public opinion on abortion bans is shifting. New polling shows a potential backlash to the overturning of Roe that’s leaving many Americans less tolerant of laws prohibiting second-trimester abortions.

Shefali Luthra has been covering the issue for the 19th. The Show spoke with her to learn about her findings.

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