The international spotlight has shone intensely on the U.S. state of Alabama this week, as a law was passed forbidding the abortion
of an embryo older than six weeks. Due to the fact that most pregnancies go undetected in this short timeframe, critics are calling it a backdoor ban on abortion. The new law becomes the strictest in the country and provides no exceptions for rape or incest. Only in the case of a 'serious health risk' can a pregnancy be aborted after the six week point.
Such so-called 'heartbeat bills' are state-level attempts to erode the efficacy of the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case, which legalised abortion across the county. This infographic shows the results of a Kaiser Family Foundation survey
among women in the United States, revealing a majority to be against the overturning of the Supreme Court's decision. Broken down along party lines, Democrat or Democrat leaning women are heavily in opposition to an overturn, while Republicans are split almost exactly in favour and against.