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.
From 2015 – 2017, NIRH has conducted qualitative and quantitative research — including focus groups in ten states across the country and two nationwide polls — to harness voters’ latent support for abortion access.
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 Research/Communication 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. Download the 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?
Q: Do you think these laws are headed in the right direction or wrong direction?
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
Ensure that laws regulating abortion providers are based on medical evidence and best practices instead of political beliefs
Prevent politicians from forcing doctors to give women medically inaccurate information about abortion
Help make sure that abortion providers can do their job safely without harassment
Help make sure that women can access abortion care without being harassed
Guarantee a woman’s right to have an abortion in your state
Make sure women have access to abortion coverage, no matter where they get their insurance from
Q: Let’s say your elected representative was in favor of these laws that have made it harder for women to get an abortion. Would you be more or less likely to vote to re-elect him or her?