Red State-Blue State Divide on Abortion Widening

Red State-Blue State Divide on Abortion Widening

BIRD'S EYE VIEW: Public opinion toward abortion has remained fairly steady nationwide over the past 20 years, but attitudes on the issue have shifted considerably in some regions of the country, according to a study by the Pew Research Center. In the mid-1990s 55 percent of those living in the Midwest and 52 percent of those living in the South Central United States said abortion should be legal in all or most cases. Now those numbers are down to 47 percent and 40 percent, respectively. In New England, meanwhile, the percentage of those supporting abortion has risen from 70 percent to 75 percent, widening the gap between it and the Midwest by 13 points and the South Central region by 17 points.

— Compiled by KOREY CLARK

SOCIAL POLICY: U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt makes permanent an injunction blocking an INDIANA law that barred Medicaid recipients from accessing health care services of any kind at Planned Parenthood clinics. The Hoosier State adopted the law in 2011, becoming at that time the first to bar Planned Parenthood from receiving federal money because it offers abortions (USA TODAY). • NORTH CAROLINA Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signs SB 353, a bill that requires clinics that perform abortions to meet standards similar to surgical centers. It also allows health care providers to opt out of performing an abortion if it's against their beliefs and bars government insurance plans from paying for the procedure (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER).

— Compiled by RICH EHISEN

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