Most Republicans BACK abortion exceptions for rape, incest and life of mother, new poll shows

Majority of Republicans BACK abortion exceptions for rape, incest and if the mother’s health is in danger, new poll shows as SIX states prepare to vote on reproductive rights ballot initiatives in just three weeks

  • Five states have abortion-related measures on the ballot in November
  • Alaska voters will weigh whether to hold a new constitutional convention – which could enable its legislature to pass laws about abortion
  • The new Monday poll indicates that abortion is a top issue for US-wide voters
  • A majority of Republicans said they oppose a woman in a heterosexual marriage getting an abortion if her husband is against is
  • A majority of GOP voters also said they oppose an unmarried woman seeking an abortion if her father was against her getting the procedure 

As Republican-led states continue to limit or ban abortion access, a new poll released on Monday shows the party’s voters are supportive of exceptions for cases of life, incest and when a pregnancy threatens the life of the mother.

It’s a more pro-choice stance than even some elected officials have, as evidenced by anti-abortion laws in states like Ohio, Alabama and Arkansas – which have no rape or incest exceptions.

Less than a quarter of Republican and Republican-leaning voters believe abortion bans should extend to rape and incest, according to a poll by Penn Program on Opinion Research and Election Studies (PORES)/SurveyMonkey.

Seventy-six percent of the same group said they were in favor of those exceptions.

Slightly more Republicans are in favor of allowing abortion where it’s otherwise limited if the pregnancy puts the mother’s life in danger.

On that question, 86 percent of Republicans supported the exception, while 14 percent said they’re against it.

The poll was taken from September 14 through October 3, ending roughly a month before the November midterm elections.

Voters in six states will have a chance to weigh in more directly on the abortion fight. Vermont, California, Kentucky and Michigan are voting on ballot initiatives directly tied to abortion and bodily autonomy.

A majority of Americans, including Republicans, broadly support abortion ban exceptions for rape and incest

A majority of Americans, including Republicans, broadly support abortion ban exceptions for rape and incest 

An even higher share support allowing an abortion if the pregnancy threatens the mother's life

An even higher share support allowing an abortion if the pregnancy threatens the mother’s life

It comes as five states have reproductive measures on the midterm ballot, while Alaskan voters will choose whether to overhaul their constitution - which could pave the way for an abortion ban

It comes as five states have reproductive measures on the midterm ballot, while Alaskan voters will choose whether to overhaul their constitution – which could pave the way for an abortion ban

Alaska voters could pave the way for new abortion language in its constitution, while Montana could see the rights of doctors to exercise judgement on infant viability majorly curbed.  

In Alaska, voters will decide on whether to alter their state constitution – a move anti-abortion groups have been pushing for to allow the Republican-led legislature to act on the procedure.

Kentucky, meanwhile, has a ‘trigger law’ that went into effect after the Supreme Court’s decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health. 

That law is currently being battled out in the courts, and Kentucky’s ballot initiative – if passed – would codify language that says its state constitution cannot have language that can be ‘construed to secure or protect a right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.’

Montana’s ballot measure is slightly different – voters weigh whether to designate babies born alive at any point of development to be ‘legal persons.’ 

That means doctors could be criminalized for not making an effort to keep alive infants that are virtually unlikely to survive on their own. 

California, Michigan and Vermont are all Democrat-led states where voters will decide whether to enshrine ‘reproductive autonomy’ or ‘reproductive freedom’ in their state laws. 

Americans broadly support some kind of substantial abortion access, according to multiple polls

Americans broadly support some kind of substantial abortion access, according to multiple polls

Democrats have found new momentum in the upcoming elections in the fallout of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade in June

Democrats have found new momentum in the upcoming elections in the fallout of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade in June

Multiple midterm surveys have suggested that abortion access is top of mind for voters heading to the ballot box across the country, particularly since the Supreme Court overturned the protections granted by Roe v. Wade in June.

Monday’s new poll is no different – 81 percent said the abortion issue is somewhat or very important to their vote.

Among Republicans, the share is 72 percent, with 45 percent who said it’s a ‘very’ important factor.

Independent voters, who will likely be pivotal to whichever party wins control of both houses of Congress in November, are also broadly in favor of the same exceptions as Democrats and Republicans are.

Roughly nine out of every 10 Independents want abortion bans to have exceptions for rape and incest, the survey suggests.

Ninety-three percent said the same for cases where the mother’s life is threatened.

Abortion freedoms that Republican and Republican-leaning voters did not support include cases where a married woman is seeking to have an abortion in her first trimester but the decision is opposed by her husband.

Nearly three-quarters of GOP-aligned voters oppose allowing a woman to get an abortion in that scenario, while just 24 percent approve.

Sixty-seven percent of Republican voters also support blocking a woman from getting an abortion if she is unmarried and her father opposes it. 

Just 33 percent said she should be able to get one anyway. 

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