Headline RoundupJune 24th, 2023

American Views on Abortion and Policy One Year After the Overturning of Roe v. Wade

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Roe v. Wade was overturned one year ago today, leading to a 3% drop in abortions nationwide, but voters and politicians alike still remain divided on the issue.

Key Quotes: Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said, “The decision has saved countless lives and set America on a positive course after decades of shameful abortion on-demand practices that put us in a category with China and North Korea.” President Joe Biden tweeted, “One year ago, the Supreme Court took away a constitutional right… denying women the right to choose. My Administration has taken swift and strong action – but the job isn't finished until Congress codifies the protections of Roe v. Wade once and for all.”

Key Statistics: Similar to pre-Dobbs figures from March 2022, about 60% of Americans think abortion should be legal in all or most cases, according to Pew Research. The biggest jump in thinking abortion should be legal in all cases came from young women, including Republicans, who went from 35% approving in 2020, to 50% at present, according to a political scientist from Eastern Illinois University. Per Gallup, the percentage of Americans who thought national abortion laws were too strict jumped from 30% to 46% between the beginning of 2022 and 2023 – including large jumps among religious people.

How The Media Covered It: Many sources across the spectrum covered the anniversary of the Dobbs decision through analysis or opinion pieces that vary widely in framing and scope but focused largely on the politics of the matter.

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