A majority of Americans disapprove of the recent Supreme Court ruling to allow a ban on most abortions in Texas, with key aspects of the law – such as empowering private citizens to enforce it through lawsuits – proving extremely unpopular, according to a poll released on Monday.
The Monmouth University poll found that Texas law is very well known, which prohibits most abortions after six weeks and is the most restrictive in the country. The Supreme Court allowed the law to go into effect on September 1 in a one-paragraph ruling on the case, though it said it would consider future challenges.
The law is remarkable because it allows individuals to sue someone who helps a woman get an abortion, and a person who wins an abortion lawsuit can collect $ 10,000. Seventy percent of Americans polled disapproved of the law being enforced by private citizens and 81% disapproved of citizens being allowed to collect a payment of $ 10,000, which critics called a “bonus.” . Overall, the survey found that 54% disagreed with the court’s decision and 39% agreed.
Also on Monday, the court announced hearings for Dec. 1 on a separate case regarding a 15-week abortion ban in Mississippi, in which the state seeks to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that grants a constitutional right to an abortion.
Some legal experts saw the Texas ruling as a signal that the court’s Conservative 6-3 majority, with three justices appointed by former President Donald J. Trump, was about to overthrow or significantly weaken Roe.
Six in ten Americans in the new Monmouth poll wanted the court to leave the Roe decision as it is, with just one in three saying the precedent, from 1973, should be reconsidered.
A decision in the Mississippi case is expected next year, amid the heat of the mid-term race for congressional control. Delivering a blow to Roe could outright and engage Democratic voters, but it also has the potential to rally Republicans.
This was evident in the partisan divide over abortion that Monmouth’s new inquiry reaffirmed. Most Democrats, 73 percent, opposed the court ruling in the Texas case, which effectively banned abortions after a time when some women didn’t even know they were pregnant. Most Republicans, 62 percent, backed the court.