Overwhelming support for abortion in pregnancy-related emergencies, poll finds : Shots - Health News The majority of American voters, including Republicans, support protecting access to abortion for women who are experiencing pregnancy-related emergencies, such as miscarriages, a KFF poll finds.

Most Americans support abortion for pregnancy-related emergencies

Most Americans support abortion for pregnancy-related emergencies

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Most Americans also say women should be allowed to travel for medical care – including an abortion, a new KFF poll finds. Gracey Zhang for NPR hide caption

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Most Americans also say women should be allowed to travel for medical care – including an abortion, a new KFF poll finds.

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In the almost two years since Roe v. Wade was overturned, the unintended consequences of abortion bans have become clearer.

NPR has reported on women who were denied care for miscarriages and high-risk pregnancies, including Jaci Statton of Oklahoma, who was told she had to wait in a hospital parking lot until her non-viable pregnancy became life threatening.

Statton, who is in her 20s, says hospital staff told her, "We cannot touch you unless you are crashing in front of us or your blood pressure goes so high that you are fixing to have a heart attack."

Stories like this have increased awareness of how abortion bans are impacting health care during pregnancy. That may be reflected in the results of a new poll from the health research organization KFF, which finds there is a broad consensus – 86% of Americans – that women in such pregnancy-related emergencies should have access to abortion procedures.