Roe v. Wade 40 Years Later

On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court published its decision in Roe v. Wade, making most early term abortions a constitutional right. Although abortion rights issues continue to divide Americans over forty years after the decision, a report  published this month by the Pew Research Center concludes that the public remains opposed to overturning the Supreme Court’s decision.

According to the data gathered in 2011 and 2012, slightly more than half (54%) of Americans think abortion should be legal.  In looking at views by religious affiliation, the survey reports that nearly 2/3 of white evangelical Protestants and Mormons, and roughly half of Hispanic Catholics think abortion should be illegal in all or most cases.  On the other hand, the majority of Jews, Americans with no religious affiliation, white mainline Protestants, Black Protestants and White Catholics say abortion should be legal in most cases.

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