More Americans Support Roe v. Wade Than Ever Before
I'm probably wading into dangerous waters to even post this information--especially since the HT powers-that-be have indicated they don't like threads that re-hash (again and again) --and in vitriolic tones-- the whole Roe v Wade argument all over again from its beginnings, but Pew Research is a highly regarded researcher/pollster, so I thought we should quickly just look at their latest survey (Jan. 2017) measuring how high the current level of pro-choice support is.
"Sixty-nine percent of Americans now oppose overturning Roe v. Wade, according to a Pew Research Center report published Tuesday. This marks a six-point increase in public support for the 1973 Supreme Court decision since Pew last asked about it in 2013. It is also the highest level of approval for Roe v. Wade that national pollsters have measured since Gallup began asking about it in 1989. . . .
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. . . the partisan gap has grown considerably. According to the new Pew poll, 84 percent of those who lean Democratic oppose overturning Roe v. Wade, compared to 66 percent in 1992. Just over half of people who lean Republican oppose overturning it, a negligible change from two decades ago. However, a majority of conservative Republicans support overturning the decision, according to the report. Some take the anti-abortion sentiment an extreme: In December, almost 40 percent of Trump supporters said they favored punishing women who get abortions if the procedure gets banned." (Source)
I find the following bit particularly informative:
"Just over half of people who lean Republican oppose overturning [Roe v Wade]. . . ."
"a majority of conservative Republicans support overturning the decision. . . "
There's another one of those splits in the Republican Party--the traditional Republicans vs. the conservatives.
People forget that abortion rights was originally a Republican position--by the traditional Republicans. It was the "newcomers" entering that party--the conservatives in various guises--that have been pressuring for decades now to change the Republican Party into the Conservative Republican Party.
Or course, nowadays, they are going to have to fight it out with the Trump Republican Party.
At any rate, commitment to abortion rights, by a majority of Americans from all parties (independents also) is growing stronger as time goes by.