Americans * hate * Texas’ abortion law
Analysis by Chris Cillizza, Editor-in-Chief of CNN
At the heart of the law is the power of private citizens to sue people who help someone get an abortion after the state’s six-week window. It also offers monetary rewards of up to $ 10,000 for those who bring the costumes.
Fully 70% of Americans disagree with the idea of allowing private citizens to sue abortion providers. That number includes 9 in 10 Democrats, yes, but also more than 4 in 10 Republicans.
The opposition to reimbursement of these plaintiffs is even higher in the survey, with 81% disapproving of the idea – including 2 in 3 (67%) of self-identified Republicans.
These kinds of overwhelming majorities – especially on an issue as controversial as abortion rights – are largely unknown, but testify to a bipartisan sentiment in the public that Republicans in Texas have gone too far.
Point: At a minimum, Texas law will serve as a basic motivational tool for Democrats who are looking for energy ahead of the 2022 midterm critiques. At most, the law – and other potential imitators across the country – could jeopardize the GOP’s ability to win swing voters.
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