Abortion has made its way back to the forefront of the public conversation with the news of Roe v. Wade’s impending demise. Popular wisdom suggests that the focus on abortion will help the Democrats because it will have the effect of galvanizing their base.
Also, it is claimed, the public is largely pro-abortion. The problem with this latter claim is that it is certainly not true. Most polling data may show that a majority of Americans oppose overturning Roe, but those same polls also show that a majority of Americans favor restrictions on abortion.
Considering that Roe prevents such restrictions, it’s clear that the public is not largely pro-abortion. It is, rather, largely confused. Democrats prefer to keep it that way. Which means that focusing on abortion is not a political win for their party. They would much rather relegate the issue to the background. The more people think about it, and
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