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Pro-life and pro-choice demonstrators outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 1, 2021. Photo: Samuel Corum/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The majority of Americans say the Supreme Court should reject a Texas law banning most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll out Tuesday.

Why it matters: The poll comes after the Supreme Court heard two cases on the Texas law earlier this month. It is set to hear a case on Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban — a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade — on Dec. 1.

  • The Texas law, which does not provide any exceptions for rape or incest, allows people to sue anyone suspected of helping a person to obtain an abortion, regardless of whether they have a direct relationship with the person or not. Those who are successful can be awarded at least $10,000.
  • The Supreme Court isn't considering the merits of the Texas law, only whether it can be challenged in federal court.

By the numbers: 65% of Americans surveyed said the court should reject the Texas abortion law, compared with 29% who said the law should be upheld, per the Post-ABC poll.

  • 60%, meanwhile, said the court should uphold Roe, while 27% said the landmark ruling should be overturned, views that are consistent with polling dating back to 2005, according to the Washington Post.

The big picture: Americans widely oppose actions by states to increase restrictions on abortions.

  • 36% of Americans surveyed supported state laws that make it more difficult for abortion clinics to operate, while 58% opposed such restrictions, including 45% who said they "strongly" oppose them.
  • 75% of Americans also largely believe that an individual's decision to have an abortion should be left to the individual and their doctors, compared with 20% who said abortion access should be regulated by law.

Between the lines: Views on abortion range sharply along party lines, "though Democrats and Republicans are not mirror opposites," the Post writes.

  • "Preference for Roe to be overturned peaks at 70% among people identifying themselves as strong conservatives, but drops to 38% among those who are somewhat conservative," according to ABC News.
  • Roe is supported by the vast majority of people identifying as strong liberals and 79% of those who are somewhat liberal, per the poll.

Go deeper: What abortion access would look like if Roe v. Wade is overturned

Methodology: The Washington Post/ABC News Poll was conducted Nov. 7-10. The poll is based on a random sample of 1,001 adults nationwide on cellphones and landlines. The margin of sampling error is ±3.5 percentage points for overall results and is larger for subgroups, per the Post.

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Two-in-three Americans will celebrate this Thanksgiving with friends or family outside their immediate households, and about half of those say their gatherings could include unvaccinated people, according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

Why it matters: Vaccinations and booster shots are giving more people confidence to resume traditions like sitting around a packed table with masks off. But many are doing so with heightened awareness of what they don't know when it comes to their holiday companions.

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From Malcolm X to "Free Britney," new media shapes the justice system

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True crime documentaries, podcasts and social media campaigns are bringing new attention to real-world legal proceedings — and are often affecting the outcome.

Why it matters: New media platforms can instantly put a national spotlight on cases that have long been forgotten or buried under red tape.

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The next big bottleneck in the global vaccination effort

Illustration: Rae Cook/Axios

The world still needs more coronavirus vaccines, but an additional bottleneck has emerged in many low-income countries: They need help getting shots in arms.

Why it matters: Increasing vaccination rates across the world is both a humanitarian necessity and the best way to prevent dangerous new variants from emerging, but it increasingly requires complex problem-solving.

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