UPDATE: Gov. Walker proclaims TODAY to be Anti-Choic
The 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling made a woman's right to have an abortion legal under the Fourteenth Amendment. It was a 7-2 decision, and it made abortions legal during the entire pregnancy, but set up conditions to allow states to regulate abortion during the second and third trimesters. (Via CNN)
If you were to read my Twitter stream, you'd think Americans were evenly split on the issue. I get hostile, fanatical responses from pro-forced-birth zealots whenever the word "abortion" appears in one of my tweets; rarely are they reasonable or willing to see, let alone accept, any viewpoint but their own.
According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, 39% of Americans approve of Roe, 18% disapprove, and 41% say they don't know enough about it to have an opinion.
41% need to do some reading. Many of those 41% are most likely young enough to have always had the freedom to choose what to do with their own bodies, and take that freedom for granted. They don't know any differently, nor are they aware that Roe exists, apparently. In fact, they don't understand what this signifies, and wonder why anyone would be anti-hanger:
But the big news is this: 70% say they would not like to see it overturned, with 57% of participants saying they feel strongly about their opinion. That 70% number is the highest in support of the law since the poll was first conducted in 1989. And even back then, 58% felt that way.
Another result showed that 31% feel it should always be legal and 23% said it should be legal most of the time. That's 54%, but who's counting?
Meantime Women’s rights are under attack by anti-abortion extremists, as are medical providers (literally under attack), and four states are doing away with women’s ability to access reproductive health services. So while Roe v. Wade itself may not be in trouble, abortion rights are in states with conservative governors and legislatures doing everything they can to make it impossible for clinics remain open and available. Privacy be damned.
Those very "pro-lifers" who vehemently oppose regulating military-style firearms whose sole intent is to mass kill see nothing wrong with the government imposing itself on the right of privacy of women to make personal and private decisions for themselves. Nor do they object to intruding on physicians when they require them to perform unnecessary ultrasounds on their patients.
Again, clinics are closing, health services are disappearing, and women are being deprived of care as well as their rights. Happy 40th, Roe.