POLL: Majority of Americans Favor Heartbeat Abortion Bans

Younger voters were most likely to say the abortion bans didn’t go far enough…

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(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) As several states move to tighten restrictions on abortion, a new poll revealed that the majority of Americans agree that banning abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected is not too restrictive.

A new Hill-HarrixX survey found that 55 percent of Americans believe heartbeat abortion restrictions are good, with 21 percent of these registered voters arguing that they are “too lenient,” and the other 34 percent claiming they believe heartbeat bans are “just right.” Only 45 percent of respondents said they believe the laws are “too restrictive.”

Alabama and Georgia recently passed restrictive abortion laws. Georgia’s bans abortions after a heartbeat is detected, which is usually around six weeks into pregnancy.

And Alabama’s bans abortion entirely and makes it a felony to perform the procedure in the state.

These laws are widely expected to be challenged in the courts, but the Hill-HarrisX poll proves that in the court of public opinion, the laws are not very controversial.

Notably, there was little difference in opinion between women and men on the question, reports The Hill.

Forty-three percent of males said “heartbeat bills” were too restrictive, and 47 percent of women said the same.

The majority of men and women, however, argued that abortion restrictions were good.

There were, however, greater differences between age groups.

Older respondents were more likely to believe the new laws are too restrictive.

Fifty-two percent of respondents 65 years and older said heartbeat bans are too restrictive, while 31 percent said they were “just right.”

The other 17 percent said the laws were too lenient.

Younger voters were most likely to say the abortion bans didn’t go far enough, though they didn’t make up the majority in their age group.

Only 27 percent of younger voters agreed the bans were too lenient — but this was the highest majority among the three age groups tested.

Other states that have passed heartbeat bills are Arkansas, North Dakota, Iowa, Mississippi, Ohio, and Kentucky. Several more have legislation that has passed one or more chambers.