|Elsewhere around the nation, commercials for “Unplanned” an anti-abortion drama have been rejected by all prominent TV networks, other than the Fox News Channel. The R-rated film tells the true story of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood employee, later turned pro-life activist. “The claims in this film are simply false,” Planned Parenthood said in a statement.“Planned Parenthood is proud to provide expert, high-quality health care to our patients, including safe and legal abortion, in a safe and compassionate environment. The movie promotes many falsehoods including most importantly, distortions and incorrect depictions about healthcare.” A 2018 PRRI survey shows just how divided the nation is on abortion. Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of Democrats believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases, compared to less than one-quarter (23 percent) who believe it should be illegal. Conversely, a majority (57 percent) of Republicans believe it should be illegal in all or most cases, while 40 percent say it should be legal.
In The New York Times, Michelle Goldberg looks at just how divided the parties have become on the issue, following the passing of laws in several states that would ban abortion after a baby was six weeks old. “As Roe is weakened, conservative states are becoming more conservative, liberal states more liberal. Mutual antagonism is increasing around abortion, as it is around nearly everything else. If Roe is overturned altogether, it won’t just be a disaster for women’s health care and autonomy. It will further rip America apart.” She continues.“Seeing Roe endangered, the anti-abortion movement has become more legislatively audacious.”