Low Support for Late-Term Abortion As Supreme Court Weighs Overturning Roe V. Wade

June Associated Press/NORC poll shows only 19% of Americans support third-trimester abortion.

QUICK FACTS:
  • On Wednesday the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case that could roll back abortion rights nationwide and overturn Roe v. Wade, Forbes reports.
  • National polls show a majority of Americans support keeping abortion legal when the woman’s life is in danger, with support dropping as the pregnancy enters later terms.
  • “An Associated Press/NORC poll in June found 87% support abortion when the woman’s life is in danger, 84% support exceptions in the case of rape or incest, and 74% support abortion if the child would be born with a life-threatening illness,” according to Forbes.
  • However, support for abortion drops further into the pregnancy, with AP/NORC finding 61% believe abortion should be legal during the first trimester (0-13 weeks), but only 34% in the second trimester (14-27 weeks) and 19% in the third (28-42 weeks).
BACKGROUND:
  • The Supreme Court’s current makeup—a 6-3 majority of Republican-appointed justices—has led to speculation the Court might overturn Roe v. Wade, which recognized a right to get an abortion before a fetus is viable, generally about 23 or 24 weeks into pregnancy, FOX News reports.