Actress Elizabeth Banks claimed recently that aborting unborn babies is “not really that controversial” because most Americans support Roe v. Wade.
Banks is an abortion activist and actress known for her roles in the “Hunger Games,” “Pitch Perfect” and “Scrubs.” She currently is playing a role in the new Hulu drama “Mrs. America,” based on the lives of American feminists in the 1970s.
Speaking about her new role, Banks claimed women still face “quite a lot of historical patriarchy and misogyny,” according to Breitbart.
She told the Hollywood Reporter that “it’s true in some respects” that women’s rights have come a long way since the 1970s, but “we are still failing so many women in America and around the world, honestly.”
Banks expressed frustration that they still have not won the battle for women’s rights, and she brought up abortion as an example. She suggested that it should have been a quick and easy fight to win and seemed puzzled about why the fight continues.
“You know, Roe v. Wade being the law of the land, something like between 80 and 90 percent of people in America think Roe v. Wade should be the law of the land that abortion should remain safe and legal,” she said. “And that’s not really that controversial. And yet we hear every day about these wedge issues.”
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It’s not clear where Banks got that statistic. She did not mention her source. Some polls have found that a majority of Americans support Roe v. Wade, but research also indicates that most Americans do not understand the infamous U.S. Supreme Court ruling. When Americans are asked more specific questions about abortion, polls consistently find that most oppose what Roe does – allow abortions for any reason up to birth.
A recent Gallup poll found 60% of Americans take a pro-life position on abortion, wanting all (21%) or almost all 39% abortions to be illegal. The poll found just 38% of Americans take a pro-abortion position, wanting all (25%) or almost all (13%) abortions legal. That is down from the 43% pro-abortion figure Gallup found last year.
Similarly, a January Marist poll found more than six in 10 Americans (62%) say that if the Supreme Court revisits Roe v. Wade, it should rule to allow states to determine restrictions (46%) or make abortion illegal (16%). Only 33% of Americans say Roe v. Wade should be interpreted to allow for legal abortion any time without restriction.
Banks may think support for abortion is higher than it is because she surrounds herself with abortion activists and fellow left-wing celebrities. But it is not true. Most Americans want laws that protect unborn babies.
Banks has been an abortion activist for years. She repeatedly has promoted the abortion giant Planned Parenthood in her celebrity interviews, and worked on pro-abortion media campaigns. Most recently, she participated in an “Operation Save Abortion” fundraiser for independent abortion facilities operating during the coronavirus crisis.