As local politician John Davis voted along with the extreme right for stopping women from controlling their own bodies, recent Texas polls show that support for access to abortion is acceptable to a majority of Texans. The Texas Tribune and University of Texas did a survey in June with results showing that Texas, despite being a red state, has very nuanced opinions. For instance, the poll said,"
The divide on abortion — evident in past UT/TT polls — persists. Forty-six percent of Texas voters say it should never be permitted or permitted only in cases involving incest, rape or when the woman's life is in danger. On the other hand, 49 percent say it should be allowed after the need for an abortion has been clearly established, or that the choice should be completely left to the woman. Within those numbers, 16 percent said abortion should never be allowed, and 36 percent said that a woman should always be able to get an abortion as a matter of personal choice.
Nevertheless, Davis voted to close 36 of the 42 abortion clinics in Texas, requiring abortions only in ambulatory surgical centers and requiring doctors to have admitting priviledges at a hospital within 30 miles. In addition, Davis voted to restrict usage of the RU-486 Plan B pill.
UT/Texas Tribune Survey
Bill King in today's Chronicle said, "A recent summary of its polling on the subject released by Gallup shows that a little fewer than a quarter of Americans think that abortion should either be completely restricted or completely illegal. A little more than half of Americans think it should be legal but with some restrictions. And those percentages have changed little since 1973."