Last week, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed the country's strictest anti-abortion legislation into law, making abortion illegal even in cases of rape or incest - with sentences of up to 99 years in prison for abortion providers. Opponents argue that the law is unconstitutional, while its supporters have expressed hope that the case will go to the Supreme Court and be used to overturn Roe v. Wade.
The media often relies on overly simplistic pro-choice and pro-life labels. The reality is that those labels aren't fully predictive of opinions toward specific abortion laws - and data has consistently shown a majority of Americans favor a woman's right to choose.
Don't Rely on Labels
In polling conducted in May 2018, Gallup found that equal percentages of Americans -
- identify themselves as either pro-choice or pro-life. And Gallup polling over the last 20 years has largely shown similar shares of Americans embracing these terms.