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Our World Appears to Be Changing Around Roe v. Wade

According to recent polls and research, public opinion is shifting since the U.S. Supreme Court decision forty years ago gave women the right to choose abortion.

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the culture-changing Roe v. Wade decision, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that prohibiting a woman's right to choose abortion was a violation of her constitutional rights.

Since January 22, 1973, the debate, and perception of Roe v. Wade, has evidently, evolved.

According to a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, a majority of Americans say in most all cases, abortion should be legal

The poll shows 54 percent of adults believe the right to have an abortion should be afforded to women in all cases, or with exceptions, while 44 percent say it should be illegal.

Seventy percent of people are against Roe v. Wade ever being overturned, according to the poll. 

The ruling by Supreme Court justices all those years ago allowed for states to regulate abortion procedures as they saw fit, in the interest of a woman's health or protecting the fetus at the end or after the first trimester.

In 2012, 43 abortion restrictions were enacted in 19 states, the second largest amount of rules instated regarding abortion since 1985, according to the Guttmacher Institute. 

Twenty-four of those 43 new restrictions now exist in six states, which include Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and South Dakota.

Tougher restrictions on access to abortion include limited health coverage available to pay for abortions, limits on the ability to have an abortion after the first trimester and a requirement that woman have an ultrasound before undergoing the procedure, according to the Guttmacher Institute

The Guttmacher Institute shows the following statistics on women who have abortions today:

  • 6 in 10 women who have abortions already have at least one child.
  • 58 percent are in their 20's.
  • 69 percent are economically disadvantaged.  
  • Nearly 1 in 3 women will have an abortion in their lifetime.
  • 88 percent have an abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
  • 73 percent are affiliated with some type of religion.

The institute also shows that 15 percent of women who have abortions are married, 11 percent are previously married, 45 percent have never been married and 29 percent are living with a man. 

Do you think the perception of abortions is changing in our country? If so, which way? Tell Patch in the comment section below. 

McCloud February 02, 2013 at 02:06 PM
It must be a burden to be so intelligent and know what is best for the masses. How do you manage? Can't wait for your next control idea for our own good.
Just Sayin February 02, 2013 at 03:10 PM
WoW McClown...You have finally described yourself to a tee! Must have read some of your own stuff. BTW... how is the weather in Mayberry today? Moronic as usual?
Just Sayin February 02, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Yes Sicky...First real 3 inches of snow this winter...it's February ya know. Nah....nothing strange is happening weather wise. You are clearly an unobservant nin-cum-poop. FYI...I don't need to shovel anything...whereas you shovel the crap constantly. Bye-Bye...off to southern Cali. for two weeks. Patch...Please shut this thread down before I return. It's gotten so mindless with the likes of Sicky contributing.
Vicky Kujawa February 02, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Just Lyin' (again) is just another phony Liberal that "looooves Chicago" and is off to O'Hare at the first sign of snow. Don't forget to pack your yummy hormones. It's so 'GloBULL-y Warm' here; why not stay and enjoy the beautiful Chicago weather, hypocrite?
McCloud February 02, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Goober needs some more regulations, since he is a moron according to you guys, Floyd needs to be taxed more to pay for Andy's overblown pension, since you guys needed votes, you took Gomer's guns away, Otis needs us to pay for his new liver, since it is his right, and Aunt Bee has been taxed up the wazoo to pay for it all, so she eats dogfood these days. You guys know everything, so we all wait for what you think is best,

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