Political parties play a large role in Americans' daily decisions and beliefs (Seyle & Newman, 2006). One way that individuals’ political party informs their attitudes toward topics includes the legality of abortion (although a case could also be made that attitudes toward abortion could also inform political attitudes). In most countries, the government has the power to pass legislation that controls the ability for women to get abortions legally, typically causing strong reactions from citizens (Pridemore & Freilich, 2007). In America, when states began passing more lenient abortion legislation in the late twentieth century, the abortion rates were relatively the same as the abortion rates in states with restrictive abortion legislation, indicating that the more restrictive laws were not preventing the abortions from happening, but rather, promoting unsafe forms of abortion (Lamm et al., 1969). This means that abortion rates are not necessarily a direct reflection of the laws. Due to the fact that political parties have become extremely polarized and that abortion has become highly politicized, abortion legislation is a controversial subject (Rodriguez et al., 2017). The media continues to contribute to the polarization of political parties and has been shown to strongly inform people’s interpretation of crimes (including abortion) depending on how it is presented (Habib et al., 2020). In our study, we are examining how political ideology impacts people’s understanding of the effectiveness of legislation in impacting abortion rates. We contend that participants who read a news article that challenges their beliefs (i.e., higher rates of abortion for laws they support, low rates of abortion for laws they do not support) will have higher negative attitudes toward the legislation and lower level of belief in the effectiveness of the laws at increasing or decreasing abortion.