Poll: More Americans Support Restricting Abortions To 20 Weeks, But Not Restricting Providers

More Americans said they’d support a 20-week ban on abortions rather than current law’s 24-week benchmark even as they oppose burdensome restrictions on abortion providers, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released Thursday.

Of those surveyed, 56 percent said they would rather have abortions “legal without restriction” up to 20 weeks compared to 27 percent who would rather have unrestricted abortions up to 24 weeks, which is the general period allowed under the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision.

The poll found that more Americans oppose state measures that make it difficult for abortion clinics to run, however, by a margin of 54 percent to 45 percent.

The poll accompanies a slew of Republican-supported abortion legislation recently passed in states like Texas, North Carolina and Wisconsin that tackle both 20-week abortion bans and operating standards for abortion providers.

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