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News Desk — Roe v. Wade at 40: 7 in 10 Americans Want Abortion Legal

“I don’t need a constitutional amendment to overturn Roe,” said Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, an antiabortion law firm that works with state groups on local legislation. “Clinic regulations do actually challenge Roe.”Support Grows for Roe v. Wade Abortion Ruling [Wall Street Journal]

ROE V. WADE and the 40th anniversary of the legal decision that altered women’s self-determination in practice for the first time in national polling is overwhelming supported.

From the NBC/WSJ poll:

As the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision takes place on Tuesday, a majority of Americans — for the first time — believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

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 shaped these changing poll numbers.

Thank you Todd Akin and the extremist right.

Then why are states across this country turning back the tide on the legal and fundamental right women are to have under U.S. law? Because there will always be right wing extremists who believe that the right of self-determination is only for men.

It’s not by mistake that Republicans are being told by pollsters to keep their true feelings on women’s equality covert after the furor that erupted during 2012. But don’t be fooled about what these people still intend to do. Operating under the radar is how they work best, which can be seen in state action across this country.

People in states like Virginia, progressives and Democrats must continue to challenge and demand women’s individual freedoms and the right to all reproductive health care be protected.

One of the first battle lines is between right wing anti women’s right Ken Cuccinelli, who believes Virginia should have no women’s clinics that offer reproductive health care including abortion, and Terry McAuliffe, who is 100% pro women’s freedoms. Democrats in Virginia have a tough fight on their hands.

At least we now know that the right has lost with the majority of Americans. Keeping abortion legal and access open is the majority view. But it has been for a long time, it’s just that people always assumed that access would never really be threatened.

That’s where the fight is today. Giving all women, anywhere in this country the access to a legal medical procedure in which the state and federal should play no role. A medical procedure that has been legal for 40 years.

Do you know what’s going on where you live? If you don’t, get educated, because keeping access open and abortion safe for women is also up to you.

Opponents of abortion rights won passage of a record 92 measures restricting the procedure in 24 states in 2011, and an additional 43 in 19 states last year, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a think tank that favors abortion rights. Nine states have recently banned most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, although courts have kept two of the laws from taking effect.

This year, Texas, Indiana, and Missouri are set to consider restrictions on chemically induced abortions in the coming legislative session, and lawmakers in Indiana and South Carolina have sponsored bills adding regulations to clinics.

[Wall Street Journal]

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2 Responses to News Desk — Roe v. Wade at 40: 7 in 10 Americans Want Abortion Legal

  1. Jane Austen January 22, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    “At least we now know that the right has lost with the majority of Americans. Keeping abortion legal and access open is the majority view. But it has been for a long time, it’s just that people always assumed that access would never really be threatened. ” Taylor Marsh

    The majority of Americans believe in the right to choose and that the individual has the right to choose what she/he does with her/his own personal life. This includes a woman’s body and the right to marry the person you marry. Quite frankly, the majority of Americans don’t give a royal fig newton about these matters because it doesn’t impact their lives. The only ones who care are Republican men and their handmaidens who think that men are the only ones who have the right to self-determination and to control the world. It’s about time they learned that the American society has changed and that we are now in the 21st century.

    However, with that said, Taylor is absolutely correct when she says that “people always assumed that access would never really be threatened.” It has been 40 years since Roe v Wade was handed down. The problem is/was that too many women thought that the radical right wouldn’t try to overturn it. Well, they found other insidious ways of preventing women from choosing what is best for themselves. Don’t you just love it, we’ve got folks out there determining what is right for the individual? Do support Terry McAuliffe in Virginia. All I can do at this late stage in my life is to write to people I know down there and send a few bucks to his campaign but Cuccinelli must be defeated.

  2. secularhumanizinevoluter January 22, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

    Once again the UBERChristofascist right comes down on the WRONG side of social justice and civil rights. Like marriage equality the American Public is WAY ahead of the curve but the vile fossils(old white men) in power will have to be carried out before their bigotry and misogynistic/homophobic poison is purged from our national character.

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