Pro-life and Pro-Roe v. Wade?

There’s something I’m not getting here. A newly released Gallup poll shows that the American public’s views on abortion favor those who would like it to be less legal than it is.

26% think abortion should be legal under any circumstances
15% think abortion should be legal under most circumstances
40% think abortion should be legal in a few circumstances
18% think abortion should be illegal under any circumstances

The status quo since 1973 has been legal under most. Therefore, if this poll can be trusted, only 15% of us are satisfied with the law as it presently stands.

Here’s the strange part. The same survey asked respondents if they would like to see the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade. The “Yes, overturn” crowd, while up a few % from the previous year, numbers only 35%!

It isn’t surprising to find so many pro-choice people answering no to the above question, but it is surprising to find so few pro-lifers answering yes. Why are the 58% who think abortion should be less legal than it is now so reluctant to see Roe overturned? How do they expect to see the status quo change otherwise? Roe as much as made abortion into a constitutional right; it isn’t as if overturning it would then make abortion illegal. I would expect moderates to want to axe it and put something moderate in its place. If our views on abortion favor those of us who want change in the pro-life direction, then why are we so content with the present situation?

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2 responses to “Pro-life and Pro-Roe v. Wade?

  1. Thanks for the stats. These seem about the same as they were ten years ago- if not tipped slightly more in favor of the pro-life cause.

  2. Yes, it seems to be tipped slightly more in favor of pro-life. When you put it all together, however, the will on the part of pro-lifers (of which I count myself as one) to push for change just doesn’t seem to be there. Was Roe v. Wade that splendid a piece of jurisprudence that those of us who are morally opposed to the very thing it granted status of constitutional protection to are hesitant to touch it?

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