The faith-based crowd won’t be deterred by the facts, but yet another national poll, by the Pew Research Center, underscores a finding that has been repeated down through the years (clip and save to pass around legislative committee meetings when Jason Rapert steps forward to force women to undergo vaginal probes against their will as part of his anti-abortion, even anti-contraception crusade):
A solid majority in the U.S. do NOT favor repeal of Roe v. Wade, which preserved a woman’s right to choose an abortion.
They might oppose abortion individually or have moral objections. But a sample of 1,502 found them solidly against overturning Roe v. Wade, 63-29. That split isn’t much different from results over the last two decades. The percentage with a moral objection to abortion, at 47 percent, actually reflects a decline from 52 percent six years ago.
Speaking of morals: Where 50 percent had said six years ago it was morally wrong to smoke marijuana, the percentage dropped in this year’s sample to 32 percent.
Coincidentally, Planned Parenthood has begun emphasizing the general support for continued legal abortion — and a resistance on the part of many people to be labeled in one narrow camp or the other.