New National Poll Shows Americans Want Abortions Banned After 15 Weeks

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 1, 2022   |   2:56PM   |   Washington, DC

A new poll sponsored by the Wall Street Journal shows Americans favor banning abortion after 15 weeks to protect babies from abortion. The Supreme Court is considering a Mississippi law that bans abortions on unborn babies after 15 weeks an could either uphold the law or use the case to reverse Roe.

A new new Wall Street Journal poll shows 48 percent of Americans support banning aboritons up to 15 weeks while just 43% oppose it. The survey found a massive partisan divide on abortion with Republicans pro-life and Democrats backing late-term abortions.

  • 75% of Republicans supported a 15-week ban, compared to 20% who opposed it.
  • 21% of Democrats supported a 15-week ban, compared to 69% who opposed it.

The poll, conducted March 2-7, surveyed 1,500 registered voters. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.

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The biggest case the Supreme Court is expected to hand down soon, which it has already heard, is the Dobbs case involving a 15-week abortion ban in Mississippi that could either give states more latitude to protect babies from abortions or will overturn Roe entirely, allowing wholesale abortions bans protecting hundreds of thousands of babies annually.

During the high court’s consideration of Dobbs, Mississippi Solicitor General Scott Stewart told the justices on the nation’s highest court that it’s time to overturn Roe v. Wade so states that provide legal protections for unborn children.

“Roe versus Wade and Planned Parenthood versus Casey haunt our country,” Stewart told the Supreme Court as it opened hearings on the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

“They have no basis in the Constitution. They have no home in our history or traditions. They’ve damaged the democratic process. They’ve poisoned the law. They’ve choked off compromise. For fifty years they’ve kept this Court at the center of a political battle that it can never resolve. And fifty years on, they stand alone: nowhere else does this Court recognize a right to end a human life,” he said.

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For decades, under Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, states have been prohibited from banning abortions before viability. As a result, about 63 million unborn babies and hundreds, perhaps thousands, of mothers have died in supposedly “safe,” legal abortions. Now the Supreme Court has agreed to re-consider this precedent and decide “whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortion are unconstitutional.”

Thomas is expected to vote to overturn Roe, as he has previously said the decision is afoul of the Constitution.