With Roe in jeopardy, America faces a rare moment when a court revokes a right. Here's what could happen next
CNN —The Supreme Court gave women nationwide the right to obtain an abortion nearly 50 years ago, and now it is poised to take it away.
Abortion was outlawed in every US state between the late 19th and early 20th centuries as doctors organized against it, she explained.
The time before Roe v. WadeMost Americans today weren’t alive before 1973, when the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, and many who were alive back then can’t remember the reality of illegal abortion.
There are plenty of opportunities to learn about it – an HBO documentary, “The Janes,” and Slate’s “Slow Burn” podcast on Roe v. Wade are two timely examples.
Whereas before Roe, women found information hard to come by, now there is the internet.
Anti-abortion lawmakers and activists could target Plan B as a form of medical abortion if Roe is overturned.
Public opinion is split and evolvingOne reason there is a patchwork of abortion laws and varying access is that the issue splits Americans.
I asked CNN’s polling editor Ariel Edwards-Levy what the polling data says about abortion both before and after Roe v. Wade and how those opinions have influenced elections.
Fewer favored legal abortion in cases where a low-income family couldn’t afford more children (46%), a pregnant woman was unmarried and didn’t wish to marry (41%) or a married woman didn’t want more children (38%).
Over the past decades, views of abortion have remained largely consistent.
For the first time in its polling since 2001, a slim majority (52%) said they considered abortion to be morally acceptable.
There are some early signs that a blow to abortion access could be particularly motivational to abortion rights supporters, but it’s less clear how that might manifest.