New Poll Shows Americans Essentially Support Overturning Roe, Want Heartbeat Abortion Ban

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 5, 2022   |   1:48PM   |   Washington, DC

A new national poll conducted by Harvard University and the Harris polling firm confirms that Americans essentially support the Supreme Curt overturning Roe v. Wade and want heartbeat laws that protect babies from abortions when their hearts begin beating.

Released yesterday, the poll shows 75% of Americans agree that the Supreme Court should not be deciding abortions, with 44% saying states should determine abortion laws and 31% saying Congress should do so.  Just 25% of those polled agree with Roe, which mandated that only the Supreme Court should decide the issue of abortion.

The poll found 37% would ban abortion entirely with only rape and incest exceptions while another 49% support a heartbeat law banning aboritons after 6 weeks. Meanwhile, 72% support banning abortions after 15 weeks — which was the Mississippi law the Supreme Court considered.

When it comes to Joe Biden, Nancy Pelsoi and the Democrat position of abortions up to birth, just 10% of Americans agree with their position. And despite the Democrat manta in the two weeks after Dobbs that the Supreme Court is not legitimate, some 63% say SCOTUS is legitimate and 59% say it’s wrong for Democrats to make that claim.

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Finally, the poll found 36% of Americans say the Dobbs decision makes them more likely to vote Republican, 36% say it makes them more likely to vote Democrat and the rest say there is no change. Thus there is no massive pro-abortion bounce for Democrats following the Dobbs ruling.

As LifeNews reported, the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, with a 6-3 majority ruling in the Dobbs case that “The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion” — allowing states to ban abortions and protect unborn babies. The high court also ruled 6-3 uphold the Mississippi 15-week abortion ban so states can further limit abortions and to get rid of the false viability standard.

Chief Justice John Roberts technically voted for the judgment but, in his concurring opinion, disagreed with the reasoning and said he wanted to keep abortions legal but with a new standard.

Texas and Oklahoma had banned abortions before Roe was overturned and Missouri became the first state after Roe to protect babies from abortions and South Dakota became the 2nd. Then Arkansas became the third state protecting babies from abortions and Kentucky became the 4th and Louisiana became the 5th and Ohio became the 6th and Utah became the 7th and Oklahoma became the 8th and Alabama became the 9th. This week, Mississippi became the 10th and South Carolina became the 11th,Texas became the 12th with its pre-Roe law and Tennessee became the 13th.

Michigan, Wisconsin and West Virginia have old pro-life laws on the books but there is question about whether they are applicable and will be enforced.

Ultimately, as many as 26 states could immediately or quickly ban abortions and protect babies from certain death for the first time in nearly 50 years.

The 13 total states with trigger laws that would effectively ban all or most abortions are: Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.

“Abortion presents a profound moral question. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives,” Alito wrote.

“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences,” Alito wrote. “And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.”

This is a landmark day for the Pro-Life movement and our entire nation. After staining the moral fabric of our country for nearly 50 years, Roe v. Wade is no more.

Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer authored a joint dissent condemning the decision as enabling states to enact “draconian” restrictions on women.

Polls show Americans are pro-life on abortion.