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]