WASHINGTON, D C , UNITED STATES - 2016/01/22: Pro-choice demonstrators stage a counter protest near the Supreme Court during the "March for Life." Tens of thousands of Pro-Life supporters rallied in Washington, D.C. on the anniversary of the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, demanding an end to legal abortion in the United States. (Photo by Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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By Samantha Cooney
January 4, 2017

The majority of Americans want to keep at least some part of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, according to a new survey.

Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan research center, found in a survey conducted in November and December 2016 that 69% of Americans don’t want the decision completely overturned. Unsurprisingly, the survey found that Democrats were more likely than Republicans to want to keep the landmark decision on the books, with 84% of Democrats and 53% of Republicans saying they don’t want to see the decision reversed in its entirety.

The survey comes at a precarious time for abortion rights in the United States. In June, the Supreme Court struck down a number of abortion restrictions in Texas in what many observers called the most significant abortion ruling since Roe. But President-elect Donald Trump vowed to appoint Supreme Court justices to overturn Roe v. Wade during his campaign. Since his election, a number of states have imposed new restrictions on abortion, including a 20-week ban on abortion — without exceptions for rape and incest — in Ohio and a Texas rule requiring aborted fetuses to be buried or cremated, which is currently being challenged in federal court.

A Virginia Republican state lawmaker recently proposed a 20-week abortion ban. But Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe told the Associated Press that the Republican-controlled General Assembly shouldn’t “waste time” on the bill because he would veto it should it pass.

[H/T the Cut]


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