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New Wave of Fetal-Pain Abortion Bans Faces Court Scrutiny

(UPDATED) New poll shows majority of Americans favor a ban on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Update (July 31): A new Washington Post-ABC polls reveals much wider support for 20-week abortion bans than previously reported. According to the results, 55 percent of respondents said they would prefer to limit abortions after 20 weeks, rather than the currently established 24-week mark. Only 27 percent of respondents said abortions should be legal until 24 weeks into pregnancy.

"Another 10 percent surveyed in the poll volunteered they would prefer to outlaw abortion in the United States altogether or limit it earlier than 20 weeks after fertilization," the Post reports.

The results contrast a previously reported National Journal poll, which found that only a narrow plurality (48 percent) supported 20-week abortion bans.

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Update (July 22): The Associated Press reports that a federal district court has struck down North Dakota's new abortion law, which would have banned the procedure "as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before some women know they are ...

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