How Californians View Abortion – The New York Times
The hundreds of women’s marches held across the country over the weekend had a clear rallying cry: Don’t let America go Texas’ way.
A Long Beach protester staged a sign which read, “Coronavirus has more reproductive rights in Texas than women!”
A almost total ban on abortion adopted last month Texas seems to have energized abortion advocates across the country, even if the participation in the marches remained lower than in previous years.
On Saturday, protesters flooded the streets of San Diego, Eureka, San Jose, Riverside, Sacramento and several others California cities.
But the situation in our state is very different from that of Texas and much of the rest of the country.
California is home to more than a quarter of the country’s population Abortion facilities, and many have been treating Texas patients since the new law took effect. California doctors, meanwhile, have been fly out of state to provide abortions to Texas women.
The latest Public Policy Institute of California poll finds that 77% of adults here want Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that established a constitutional right to abortion, remains in place. This is almost 20 percentage points higher than the share of recent national surveys.
This widespread support for abortion has placed California in a somewhat unique position in today’s abortion landscape. If Roe v. Wade had to be cancelled, California law would keep abortions here legalwhich would not be the case in most states.
Yet there is one area where abortion trends in California align with the nation: unchanging public opinion over time.
In the Public Policy Institute poll from July of this year, 21% of California adults wanted Roe v. Wade be canceled, which is almost unchanged from the 22% who shared this belief in 2006.
the same model has been observed nationwide, with attitudes toward abortion fluctuating slightly from year to year but remaining largely stable over decades, said Gregory A. Smith of the Pew Research Center.
Fifteen years ago, there was roughly equal opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion in the United States, Smith said. But resistance to same-sex marriage has steadily declined, unlike abortion.
“It’s a very different model for these two kinds of fundamental cultural issues,” Smith told me.
That’s because younger Americans tend to be much more comfortable with same-sex marriage than older generations, while the generation gap in views on abortion is much smaller.
This suggests that, even in California, the abortion debate is not going away anytime soon.
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When a Los Angeles author tweeted that a Royal Dansk cookie jar was being repurposed as a sewing kit, he thought a few fellow Latinos might relate.
But his joke resonated across cultures. People started sharing memories of spices stored in jars of Taster’s Choice instant coffee, lentils in glass jam jars and Dannon yoghurt pots filled with dal.
My Times colleague Priya Krishna writes: “Reincarnations have become part of the cultural discourse, as people realize that what they thought was a quirk of their particular community or generation is much more prevalent.”