North Carolina Governor Vetoes 12-Week Abortion Ban, Setting Up Fight With Legislature
Silvia Foster-Frau reports for The Washington Post that North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed on Saturday the 12-week abortion ban passed by the state legislature, making the announcement during an abortion rights rally held in Raleigh. At Religion News Service, Yonat Shimron alsocovered a gathering of North Carolina clergy who spoke out against the new abortion limits the day before the rally. PRRI research finds that only 33% of North Carolinians favored or strongly favored the overturn of Roe v. Wade and nationally, most Christians favor keeping abortion legal.
Title 42 Is Over. Immigration Policy Is Still Broken.
With the expiration of the Title 42 public health order, Ellen Ioanes writes for Vox that asylum seekers now face a patchwork of old and new immigration policies. While Congress has failed to pass meaningful immigration reform in recent years, mayors and governors across the country have responded to increased immigration, including chartering buses and airplanes to relocate migrants from their cities or states. PRRI finds that nearly two-thirds (64%) of Americans completely or mostly disagree with the statement, “Immigrants are invading our country and replacing our cultural and ethnic background,” while 3 in 10 (30%) completely or mostly agree.
Biden Calls White Supremacy ‘Most Dangerous Terrorist Threat’
In POLITICO, Giselle Ruhiyyih Ewing quoted President Joe Biden who denounced white supremacy as “the most dangerous terrorist threat to our homeland” in the commencement address at Howard University on Saturday. During his speech, Biden said, “American history has not always been a fairy tale” and called on graduates to shape the future by celebrating and learning from history, putting the “strength of our diversity at the center of American life.” PRRI finds that about 3 in 4 Americans (76%) agree that “teaching children about the history of racism in America will help our country move toward a healthier future.”
Understanding Backlash Politics And Religious Conservatives Inciting School Board Wars
Last week, PRRI CEO Melissa Deckman, Ph.D., joined Cyril Mychalejko, host of The Signal podcast, to discuss the history and motivations of the “parental rights” movement. Deckman shared her research on the history of school board-level activism and PRRI’s research into Americans’ opinions on school curriculum and book bans, including the finding that two-thirds of Americans (66%) believe that public school teachers and librarians provide students with appropriate curricula and books that teach the good and bad of American history.
Read more from the PRRI Spotlight Analysis, “Surveys Suggest that Public Opinion on Race Is at Odds with Anti-Critical Race Theory Laws,” here.