January 22, 2013

Public Opinion on Abortion and Roe v. Wade

Jan. 22, 2013, is the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. A quarter of the U.S. public (25%) sees abortion as morally wrong and would like to have the decision completely overturned, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. Roughly one-in-five (18%) sees abortion as morally wrong but does not think the decision should be overturned. About four-in-ten U.S. adults (42%) do not see abortion as morally wrong, at least not in all cases, and do not think Roe v. Wade should be overturned. For more information, see the full report.

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