Conventional wisdom frequently suggests the public is deeply divided on abortion and, at least tacitly, approves of the kinds of restrictions states have passed to limit a woman’s access to it.
Throughout 2015, the National Institute for Reproductive Health commissioned PerryUndem Research/Communication to conduct qualitative research in eight states across the country (CO, FL, GA, MI, NY, OH, TX, VA) to assess voters’ awareness of and views toward the trend of abortion restrictions, and to find out whether those views align with their preferences for policies related to abortion.
This research found that voters are not aware of the trend of anti-abortion restrictions, and learning the details of those restrictions evokes significant motivation and anger to act.
Rather than erecting new roadblocks, as states have been in recent years, the public wants a fundamental shift to supporting a woman who has decided to have an abortion.
In January 2016, we commissioned PerryUndem to conduct a national survey to measure what we had been hearing in focus groups across the country. We found that people don’t want abortion to be a difficult or negative experience for a woman. Instead, they support affirmative approaches that make it more supportive, respectful, affordable, and without embarrassment, pressure, or shame. VIEW POLLING MEMO HERE.
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Q: Think of a woman who has decided to have an abortion. How would you want that experience to be? Would you want it to be…
Since January of 2010, states across the country have passed 318 laws restricting access to abortion.
Q: Have you heard of a recent trend of states passing laws making it harder for women to get abortion care?
Most voters support policies that correspond to how they said they want abortion access and the experience to be for women.
Q. Would you support the following policy proposals?Allow health care providers to care for patients based on their best medical expertise without interference from politicians