Republicans Are Desperately Trying to Change Their Tune on Abortion

The GOP celebrated overturning Roe. As abortion bans proved unpopular, some have backtracked.

Abigail Weinberg
Sept 8, 2022

In the months following the overturning of Roe v. Wade, popular support for abortion has energized Democrats—especially women—and cut into Republicans’ polling leads ahead of the midterms.

The latest Pew polling shows that 62 percent of Americans think that abortion should be legal in all or most circumstances. Gallup polling from May found that 35 percent of Americans supported abortion under any circumstances, and 50 percent supported it only under certain circumstances. Last month’s referendum on abortion rights in Kansas is a strong indicator that restricting abortion access is a losing issue.