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Plurality supports ban on abortion after 20 weeks: poll

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A plurality of Americans — including nearly one in five abortion rights supporters — favor a ban on abortions performed after 20 weeks, a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll said.

Forty-four percent of adults say their state legislature should ban abortions after 20 weeks post-fertilizations unless the mother’s life is in immediate danger compared to 37 percent who say their legislature should not ban them.

The public remains split on the overall issue; 49 percent say abortion should always be legal or legal most of the time, while 48 percent say it should be totally illegal or illegal except in cases of rape, incest or to save the mother’s life.

State legislators around the country, most prominently Texas in recent weeks, have approved bans on abortion after 20 weeks post-fertilization.

Despite the plurality of support for a ban, 52 percent say they are concerned Republicans will go too far in promoting a conservative agenda on social issues like gay rights and abortion, compared to 44 percent who think the same of Democrats.

The survey of 1,000 adults was conducted from July 17-21 and the margin of error is 3.1 percentage points.

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