GOP renews abortion battle with eyes on the Supreme Court

Sociology Associate Professor Drew Halfmann is quoted in PBS News Hour.

The abortion debate is raging anew in Washington over an old question, the question of viability. Wednesday, on a nearly party-line vote, House Republicans passed a bill to ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. In a majority of states right now, it’s legal at 24 weeks or later.

Drew Halfmann studies abortion politics at the University of California at Davis.

"Well, it’s very difficult to move public opinion. But public opinion isn’t really what makes abortion policy. Abortion policy is made by the Supreme Court in the United States. And in some ways, this discussion about late abortions has an audience of one, Justice Kennedy."

See the story on PBS News Hour.