The Wall St. Journal did a sizeable article today on American attitudes toward abortion, yesterday being the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the U.S.
The percentage of people wanting Roe v Wade overturned was 24%. But, only 31% thought abortion should be legal in all circumstances, which under federal law, it pretty much is today. Look at the following chart of survey results:
Since Roe v Wade and its companion case, Doe v Bolton, roughly 55 million babies have been aborted. That is equal to just over 17% of the current U.S. population. Add in the children that these would have had and it is more like 1/3 of the U.S. population. Today, according to the Guttmacher Institute, an affliliate of Planned Parenthood, the largest U.S. provider of abortions, 22% of pregnancies end in abortion. This makes the womb of an American woman an exceedingly dangerous place to live during the first five months of life. Eleven percent of abortion providers even offer abortions after 24 weeks, the age at which babies can live outside the womb, assisted by an intensive care unit.
Population-control advocates may laud these figures, as well as those who point to the fact that 42% of women having abortions live below the poverty line, but those who believe that only God can take the life of an innocent person should be dishearted by the numbers but find some hope in the attitudes toward abortion that are much less favorable then they might have thought.
Here is the article link: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323301104578255831504582200.html?mod=ITP_pageone_1