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MAP: How Colorado compares to 49 other states on abortion views

Author: Washington Examiner - July 25, 2018 - Updated: July 26, 2018

The bluer the state, the more support for legal abortion.
(Infographic by Philip Klein/Washington Examiner)

Public views of abortion in all 50 states (plus the District of Columbia) would take on an added importance if the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade were overturned.

Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court has triggered a national debate over the future of abortion law given that he’d be replacing retiring justice Anthony Kennedy, who had previously been a tie-breaking vote to uphold the 1973 ruling, which limited the ability of states to impose restrictions on abortion.

While it would take many steps before it were to happen, if the ruling were struck down, the abortion issue would increasingly be fought out at the state level.

An analysis of the state-by-state polling helps provide some insight into how abortion law could end up varying across the country in a post-Roe universe.

Looking at the data from a 2014 survey from Pew Research Center (displayed in the map above, demonstrates the vast regional differences on abortion.

Massachusetts ranks as the state with the highest support for abortion, as 74 percent of residents say it should be legal in all or most cases compared to just 22 percent who say it should be illegal in all or most cases.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, West Virginia ranks as the state with the lowest level of support for abortion — with just 35 percent supporting legal abortion and 58 percent believing it should be illegal in most or all cases.

Colorado ranks 16th in support for abortion rights, with 57 percent saying it should be legal in all or most cases and 36 percent saying it should be illegal.

Overall, eight of the top nine abortion rights supporting states are broadly in the northeast (In addition to Massachusetts, that includes D.C., Vermont, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, Maryland and New York.)

Meanwhile, the eight states with the lowest support for legal abortion are all in the south or Appalachia (West Virginia, Mississippi, Kentucky, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, and South Carolina).

This map is a rough approximation of what we can expect to happen to abortion laws if they reverted to the state level. The deeper the blue, the more likely it is that abortion laws would remain largely unchanged if Roe were to go away. Deep-red states, meanwhile, are the most likely to see big changes.

> CLICK HERE for an interactive version of the map above plus state-by-state statistics.

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