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Poll Shows Risk for Republicans Backing No-Exception Abortion Bans

  • Broad majorities favor exceptions for rape and mother’s health
  • Recent bans signed in several states do not have exceptions
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Impact of Roe v. Wade on Midterm Elections

A broad majority of Americans in a new poll say abortion should be legal if the mother’s life or health are at risk or the pregnancy is a result of rape, a potential political risk for Republican lawmakers backing bans with no exceptions.

According to a survey by the Pew Research Center released Friday, 73% of U.S. adults favor an exception to abortion bans for the mother’s life or health and 69% back an exception for rape.