According to a recent study, a solid majority of Americans feel most abortions should be allowed in the first three months of a woman’s pregnancy, but most believe the operation should be banned in the second and third trimesters.
Majority Of Americans Believe To Stop Abortions After 1st Trimester
The survey comes just weeks after the United States Supreme Court decided to hear a case concerning a presently stalled Mississippi law that would prohibit abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, or two weeks into the second trimester. If the High Court upholds the legislation, it will be the first time since the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling establishing a woman’s right to abortion that a state may prohibit abortions before a fetus can survive outside the womb.
According to a recent poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, 61 percent of Americans believe abortion should be allowed in most or all cases during the first trimester of pregnancy. However, 65 percent believe abortion should be banned in the second trimester and 80 percent believe it should be outlawed in the third trimester.
Nonetheless, according to the study, many Americans feel that the surgery should be permissible in some cases, especially during the second or third trimesters. Abortions during the second trimester should be allowed in most but not all situations, according to 34% of respondents, and they should be banned in most but not all cases, according to 30%. In the third trimester, 19 percent believe that most or all abortions should be allowed, while another 26 percent believe that they should be prohibited only in the majority of instances.
Michael New, an abortion critic who teaches social research at the Catholic University of America, projected that the data on second-and third-trimester abortions will be beneficial to the anti-abortion cause.
This serves to undermine the idea that the abortion policy outcome created by the Roe v. Wade judgment has widespread popular support, he claims.
According to David O’Steen, executive director of the National Right to Life Committee, the data indicate that abortion rights supporters are well beyond the public mainstream since they favor abortion access even late in pregnancy.
However, Dr. Daniel Grossman, an abortion-rights supporter, and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco, highlighted studies demonstrating that Americans regarded second-trimester abortions more sympathetically when educated about some of the reasons why women seek them.
These include the time-consuming challenges of arranging an abortion with a clinic and finding during the second trimester that the fetus will die or have significant impairments owing to defects, according to Grossman.
Further information is required to raise the voices of those who have had abortions and wish to share their stories to help people realize the various reasons why this medical treatment is so important, he added via email.
Majorities of Americans, including Republicans and Democrats, believe a pregnant woman should be able to have a legal abortion if her life is gravely endangered, the pregnancy is the product of rape or incest, or the child will be born with a life-threatening disease.
Americans are divided on whether a pregnant woman should be able to have a legal abortion for any reason, with 49 percent saying yes and 50 percent saying no.
According to Jenny Ma, senior staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights, women seeking second-trimester abortions include a disproportionate number of young individuals, Black women, and low-income women. Some had discovered they were pregnant much later than usual, and others had difficulty obtaining the necessary cash to afford an abortion, according to Ma.
She pointed out that Republican-controlled states have implemented a slew of restrictions in recent years, making it difficult to obtain even a first-trimester abortion.
Abortions after the first trimester are fairly uncommon, although they are the exception rather than the rule. In its most current study on abortion in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 92 percent of abortions were done within the first 13 weeks of pregnancy in 2018.