Most Americans say that they don't trust the Supreme Court to make decisions about reproductive and sexual health, but women are especially concerned.
According to a poll released Friday by KFF, only 37 percent of adults trust the nation's most powerful court “a lot” or even “somewhat” to make the right decision on reproductive and sexual health. Among women, this lack of confidence transcended political parties.
For women younger than fifty, 81 percent of Democrats and 56 percent of Republicans said they trust the Supreme Court “not too much” or “not at all." 36 percent of women said they would only vote for a candidate that shared their views on the issue, as 50 percent reported living in an area where they were unsure as to whether or not the procedure is legal.
"Similar to the 2022 midterms, the issue of abortion access is most salient for women voters," the report reads, noting that the issue will almost certainly play "an important role in voters’ decisions to turn out and who to vote for during the 2022 election."
The ongoing battle over the abortion medication mifepristone seems to have recently impacted opinions, as awareness of the drug has doubled since January, despite being first approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2000. More than 5 million people in the country have used it since, and it accounts for over half of all abortions in the United States.
Around 75 percent of Democrats said they believe the drug is safe, as well as nearly 60 percent of Independents. Unsurprisingly, less than half of Republicans agreed, however, 50 percent said it would be inappropriate for a court to overturn the FDA’s approval of a medication. 73 percent of Democrats and 57 percent of independents also agreed.
Confidence in the FDA is notably much higher than in the Supreme Court, with 65 percent of Americans saying they have “a lot” or “some” trust in the organization.