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This Chart Explains What a Lot of People Are Getting Wrong About Roe v. Wade

Many Americans mistakenly believe that if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, as it looks poised to do, abortion will be banned nationwide.

SO WHAT

The facts aren’t on the side of “pro-choicers.”

THE CHART

An image posted to Twitter Tuesday by writer Tim Urban gave a concise breakdown of the U.S. abortion regime under Roe — and what is and is not “on the table” if the the landmark ruling is reversed.

Without Roe on the books, each state would be free to make its own abortion laws, and 13 states would immediately prohibit the procedure.

  • But at least 17 states and Washington, D.C., have enacted laws that would automatically keep abortion legal if Roe is overturned.

THE POLITICS

Liberals like to point out that roughly 70% of Americans oppose overturning Roe, according to polls, but that appears to be because much of the public has been misinformed.

  • While most Americans are against outright banning abortion, per the polling, large majorities support restrictions that are not allowed under Roe.
  • Sixty-five percent want to outlaw abortions in the second trimester, and that figure jumps up to 80% for abortions in the third trimester.
  • A Fox News poll released Tuesday found more than half of Americans favor banning abortions after 15 weeks.

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