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Two-thirds of Americans do not want the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, the court's landmark 1973 decision legalizing abortion, according to a new survey.
A minority – 29 percent – do want the decision reversed. Opinions split significantly along party lines, with a narrow majority (53 percent) of Republicans in favor of the court putting an end to abortion, compared to just 16 percent of Democrats.
Women - Percent - Men - Percent - End
Women were also slightly more likely (68 percent) than men (65 percent) to oppose an end to abortion, according to a poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation conducted just before Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his plans to retire from the bench.
Kennedy's departure, announced earlier this week, means Trump will be able to appoint the next Supreme Court Justice, and could lead to critical decisions in the nation's highest court on the controversial abortion issue.
States - Louisiana - Mississippi - Iowa - Legislation
Several states, including Louisiana, Mississippi and Iowa, have passed legislation restricting abortion over the past year – laws that could be challenged, ultimately reach the nation's high court and give the justices a chance to set new legal precedent on abortion.
Iowa state Representative Greg Heartsill, a Republican, said he believes state lawmakers have found a different legal approach through their 'heartbeat bill' that could eventually overturn Roe v. Wade. The legislation prohibits doctors from performing an abortion if a fetal heartbeat can be detected – which can occur as early as six weeks.
Iowa - Legislation - Heart - Beat - Life
'What we are asserting in Iowa with this legislation is that if you have a heart beat you have a life, and if you have a life the government is bound by the constitution to protect that...
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