Narrow backing for ruling against Texas abortion law

July 06, 2016, 9:28 PM GMT+0

Americans tend to approve of the Supreme Court ruling that Texas' abortion clinic law was unconstitutional

In the last week of June, the Supreme Court struck down a Texas law regulating abortion clinics. While the law did not explicitly forbid abortion clinics from being open, the strict rules imposed on clinics would have resulted in most clinics in the state, and all clinics outside of major urban areas, being shut down. The Supreme Court ruled that the law placed an 'undue burden' on the right to an abortion and that while states do have the right to regulate abortions, this law went too far.

Research from YouGov shows that more Americans approve (44%) than disapprove (32%) of the Supreme Court's ruling that the Texas law is unconstitutional. Most Democrats (57%) and nearly half of independents (47%) approve of the ruling, but most Republicans (57%) disapprove. Only 23% of Republicans approve of the Supreme Court's decision on the law.

Despite this, Americans are less likely to say that states should try to limit the number of abortion clinics than they are to oppose the Supreme Court's decision that the Texas law is unconstitutional. While 32% of Americans disapprove of the ruling only 23% say that 'states should ensure there are as few abortion clinics as possible. 30% say that states should neither help nor hinder abortion clinics and 32% say that states should ensure abortion clinics are open in most areas of the state.

Nearly half of Democrats (46%) think that states should assist abortion clinics. Among Republicans, 38% say that states should limit clinics as much as possible, but just under half (49%) either say that states should help clinics or that they should be neutral.