Nearly Half of Americans Feel Abortion Is Immoral
As the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision approaches, the public remains opposed to completely overturning the historic ruling on abortion.
A new poll by the Pew Research Center finds that more than six in 10 (63 percent) say they would not like to see the court completely overturn the Roe v. Wade decision, which established a woman’s constitutional right to abortion, at least in the first three months of pregnancy. Only about three in 10 (29 percent) would like to see the ruling overturned. These opinions are little changed from surveys conducted 10 and 20 years ago.
Decades after the Supreme Court rendered its decision on Jan. 22, 1973, most Americans (62 percent) know that Roe v. Wade dealt with abortion rather than school desegregation or some other issue. But the rest either guess incorrectly (17 percent) or say they do not know what the case was about (20 percent). And there are substantial age differences in awareness: Among those ages 50 to 64, 74 percent know that Roe v. Wade dealt with abortion, the highest percentage of any age group. Among those younger than 30, just 44 percent know this.
The latest national survey, conducted jointly by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life from Jan. 9-13 among 1,502 adults, includes additional key findings:Continue reading at www.charismanews.com