A new poll revealed that 72% of people in the United States strongly or somewhat felt that birth control “should be made free and widely available” if abortion is made unlawful. The Economist/YouGov poll, which surveyed people about their opinions on abortion, also discovered that even among anti-abortion respondents, a majority supported free and accessible contraceptives if abortion is “outlawed.” [tweet_embed] May 16, 2022[/tweet_embed] Sixty-one percent of anti-abortion respondents said they would support widely available and free birth control, while 38% strongly agreed with the idea. Among the pro-abortion rights crowd, 83% strongly decided that free and easily accessible contraceptives should be provided if abortion is illegal. If Roe v. Wade is flipped, the issue of abortion access would be returned to the states. Several states have laws set to take effect immediately following Roe’s overturning that would heavily restrict abortion access. Other states plan on glorifying the right to abortion into law. However, some Republicans are considering a federal policy banning or restricting abortion. [tweet_embed] May 16, 2022[/tweet_embed] Pro-abortion rights advocates were more likely to be sure that Roe will be overturned, while 44% of pro-abortion rights respondents believe it will definitely be overturned. Only 29% of people with anti-abortion views believe it will. There were almost 1,500 adult participants in the survey conducted on May 8-10, and the margin of error was approximately 3 percentage points. Protests for and against Roe’s reversal have popped up across the U.S. since a leaked draft opinion, written by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization Mississippi abortion case was published early last week. [tweet_embed] May 16, 2022[/tweet_embed] The opinion revealed is not final, and votes among the justices might change before a ruling is dealt in the coming months. The leak prompted Chief Justice John Roberts to order an investigation by the marshal of the court. In a statement, the court confirmed the draft that was leaked is “authentic” but stressed it does “not represent a decision by the Court.” Votes were closely watched as abortion emerged as a flashpoint ahead of this year’s midterm elections. “Sadly, the Senate failed to stand in defense of a woman’s right to make decisions over her own body,” Vice-President Kamala Harris, a Democrat, said outside the Senate chamber following the vote. Despite the increased scrutiny, it seemed business-as-usual in the Senate. Vice-President Harris presided over the vote in the mostly empty chamber as senators gradually filed in to cast their votes. [tweet_embed] May 16, 2022[/tweet_embed] Wednesday’s vote came a day before the Supreme Court’s nine justices are due to meet for the first time since a draft ruling on abortion rights was leaked last week. The document indicated the court would overturn Roe v Wade, the 1973 ruling that granted women a constitutional right to abortion. The leaked paper, in which conservative Justice Samuel Alito wrote that Roe was “egregiously wrong," triggered a political earthquake and demonstrations - either in protest or celebration - on both sides of the abortion debate.