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View on Abortion and Roe v. Wade

On January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court handed down its decision regarding Roe v. Wade. Forty years later, the decision remains a hot-button topic in the news but, as this Pew study points out, there has been remarkable consistency in public opinion over the last two decades:

"More than six-in-ten (63%) 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-ten (29%) would like to see the ruling overturned. These opinions are little changed from surveys conducted 10 and 20 years ago.

White evangelical Protestants remain outliers in this respect:

"[They] are the only major religious group in which a majority (54%) favors completely overturning the Roe v. Wade decision. Large percentages of white mainline Protestants (76%), black Protestants (65%) and white Catholics (63%) say the ruling should not be overturned. Fully 82% of the religiously unaffiliated oppose overturning Roe v. Wade."

However, the U.S. public continues to be divided over whether it is morally acceptable to have an abortion:

"Nearly half (47%) say it is morally wrong to have an abortion, while just 13% find this morally acceptable; 27% say this is not a moral issue and 9% volunteer that it depends on the situation. These opinions have changed little since 2006."

For a more in-depth discussion about the nuances of this conversation, I recommend listening to our conversation with David Gushee, a Christian ethicist who advocates a "consistent ethic of life," and Frances Kissling, a long-time abortion-rights activist, who reveal what they admire in the other side and discuss what’s really at stake in this debate.

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3 Comments

I fall with the 42% who believe having an abortion is not morally wrong, and Roe v. Wade should not be overturned. I strongly believe it should be kept safe and legal. When abortion was illegal, many woman died from botched back-room abortions, or from attempting to self-abort. Pregnancy termination is a fairly simple medical procedure, and as such, whether to have it should be a decision made between a woman and her doctor in complete confidentiality.

From 1989 to 1996 I worked at an abortion clinic in Toledo, Ohio. I started as a volunteer patient escort after I had accompanied a friend there for a procedure. Subsequently I scrubbed and sterilized the instruments, did tissue checks, and helped with patient aftercare. I co-authored a book titled, "Fetal Development for Abortion Providers," which sold nationwide.

I want to to thank you for this excellent read!! I definitely enjoyed every bit of it. I have got you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post…

The abortion issue is generally one of those distraction issues politicians use to keep us from noticing what they're doing on larger more important issues. For example, we haven't had a fair money system since the early 1900s but you don't hear them talking about that. These debates are never meant to solve anything.

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