Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Supporting Abortion Choice

On this anniversary of the landmark 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, the NBC-TV news blog First Thoughts notes this interesting development:
NBC/WSJ poll: Majority, for first time, want abortion legal: Also today is the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. And pegged to that decision, a new NBC/WSJ poll finds that a majority of American--for the first time--believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases ... What’s more, seven in 10 respondents oppose Roe v. Wade being overturned, which is the highest percentage on this question since 1989. “These are profound changes,” says Republican pollster Bill McInturff, who conducted this survey with Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart and his colleagues. McInturff adds that the abortion-related events and rhetoric over the past year--which included controversial remarks on abortion and rape by two Republican Senate candidates, as well as a highly charged debate over contraception--helped shape these changing poll numbers. “The dialogue we have had in the last year has contributed ... to inform and shift attitudes.”
You’ll find the original piece here.

READ MORE:GOP Isolated on Abortion, Too,” by Jamelle Bouie (The Washington Post); “Roe v. Wade Is More Popular than Ever--a Fact the Supreme Court Is Unlikely to Ignore,” by Linda Hirshman (The New Republic).

1 comment:

Barbara said...

After 40 years, you would think people would accept Roe v. Wade. Judging by my anti-abortion friend though, this will never happen. We are still friends only because we never discuss abortion. I'm heartened to see that more people in general are accepting it.