Most Americans disapprove of the Supreme Court’s recent decision to allow a ban on most abortions in Texas, with key aspects of the law – such as empowering private citizens to enforce it through lawsuits – highly unpopular. to prove, according to A national survey released on Monday.
A Monmouth University poll found that awareness was high about the Texas law, which prohibits most abortions after six weeks and is one of the most restrictive in the country. The Supreme Court, in a one-paragraph decision on the matter, allowed the law to take effect on September 1, though it said it would consider future challenges.
The law is notable because it allows private citizens to sue anyone who helps a woman get an abortion, and a person who wins an abortion lawsuit can collect up to $10,000. Seventy percent of Americans surveyed disapprove of private citizens enforcing the law, and 81 percent disapproved of citizens being eligible to receive a $10,000 payment, which critics have called a “bounty”. Overall, the survey found that 54 percent disagreed with the court’s decision and 39 percent agreed.
Also on Monday, the court announced a hearing for December 1 on a separate case on the ban on abortion after 15 weeks in Mississippi, in which state Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that granted constitutional rights to abortion. .
some legal experts Texas saw the decision as a sign that former President Donald J. The court’s 6-3 conservative majority, with three Trump-appointed judges, was set to reverse or substantially undermine Row.
Six in 10 Americans in the Monmouth poll wanted the court to overturn Roe’s decision, as only one in three said the precedent, dating to 1973, should be revisited.
A verdict in the Mississippi case is expected next year in the heat of the midterm race for control of Congress. Hitting the row may annoy and engage Democratic voters, but it also has the potential to rally Republicans.
The partisan divide over abortion was so clear that the Monmouth poll reaffirmed it. A majority of Democrats, 73 percent, opposed the court’s decision in the Texas case, which effectively banned abortion after a point at which some women didn’t even know they were pregnant. Most Republicans, 62 percent, supported the court.