Texas lawmakers have passed a restrictive abortion law that could sharply reduce the number of clinics. Over the years, the sharply divided public view has become more conservative.
Advocates on both sides of the contentious abortion debate tend to think they have most Americans – if not God – on their side. It’s been that way since before the US Supreme Court legalized abortion 40 years ago in Roe v. Wade.
The raucous vote in the Texas Senate Friday night came on a bill that will ban abortions after 20 weeks with very few exceptions, require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, and require all abortions to take place in surgical centers.
Abortion-rights advocates say it will reduce the number of abortion clinics in the state from 42 to just five, making it more difficult for women to get the medical procedure safely.
Where do Americans stand on such restrictions to a procedure many have come to see as routine?