No OB-GYNs Left in Town After Idaho’s Assault on Abortion

No OB-GYNs Left in Town After Idaho’s Assault on Abortion

The Guardian’s Kathleen McLaughlin reports that over the past year, OB-GYNs have fled Idaho due to severe restrictions and punishments for doctors who perform abortions that went into effect in the wake of the Dobbs decision. The state currently has a near-total ban on abortion; doctors can be sued thousands of dollars if they perform an abortion and can also face criminal fines and even prison time. In one Idaho town, a maternity ward that delivered as many as 350 babies every year was closed, citing staffing issues and the state’s “legal and political climate.” Additionally, the state’s maternal mortality review committee was dissolved this summer. PRRI finds that 61% of Idaho residents say they oppose overturning Roe v. Wade.

Make America Great Again for Whom?

For The Washington Post, Francis Wilkinson writes that arguments over how American history should be taught are a part of a larger reactionary movement trying to reestablish the racial and sexual hierarchies of the past. Wilkinson cites the recent PRRI-EPU report which shared findings from 26 focus groups held across 13 Southern states to determine the opinions of white and Black Southerners on Confederate statues and symbolism. The study found that 58% of white Americans say the Confederate flag is a symbol of “Southern pride,” not racism, compared to only 16% of Black Americans. PRRI also finds that while Americans are equally divided on the question of whether the country’s culture and way of life have become better or worse since the 1950s, 66% of Republicans believe things have changed for the worse.

Jones’ New Book Roots White Supremacy in 500-Year-Old Papal Decree

Yonat Shimron for RNS interviews PRRI founder and president Robert P. Jones, Ph.D. about his new book, The Hidden Roots of White Supremacy and the Path to a Shared American Future. In it, Jones makes the case that the Doctrine of Discovery’s underlying worldview of divine entitlement justified America’s white, European Christian settlers’ use of violence, dispossession of Indigenous people, and the enslavement of Black people. Jones stated: “We’re at a moment where we are arguing over history. We’ve seen Arkansas not counting AP African American history and fights in Florida over the status of AP American history. […] What I’m hoping the book does is tell a bigger story.” For more, check out Jones’ recent discussion about the book with comedian Pete Dominick here.

Spotlight: Americans’ Proximity to the LGBTQ Community and Perspectives on Gender

In a new Spotlight Analysis, PRRI’s Diana Orcés, Ph.D., looks at what effect knowing a member of the LGBTQ community has on views on gender. While PRRI finds that Americans who have a close personal relationship with a member of the LGBTQ community are more likely to say there is a range of gender identities than Americans overall, differences emerge between members of the LGBTQ community and their close friends and family. Americans who are transgender or nonbinary and their close friends and family members (59%) are more likely than those who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual and their close friends and family (44%) to feel there is a range of gender identities; the effect of knowing someone LGBTQ is most pronounced, however, when looking at Republicans. Read more.

What’s Buzzing?

Read PRRI’s full spotlight “Americans’ Perspectives on Gender and Proximity to the LGBTQ Community” here.