Opinions on abortion
Of likely U.S. voters, 48% would approve of the Roe v. Wade ruling being overturned by the Supreme Court according to a new Rasmussen poll. However, 59% say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, according to Pew Research.
“Abortion should mostly be illegal”
Pew Research polled U.S. adults in March: 84% of white Evangelicals agreed with this statement, compared to 42% of Catholics, 37% of white Protestants, 28% of Black Protestants and 15% of the religiously unaffiliated (the “nones”).
Reasons for abortion
96.5% of abortions are performed for social or economic reasons, rather than rape, incest, health of the mother, or birth defects, according to Human Life International. A 2004 Guttmacher Institute study puts the number at 93%.
The number of abortion facilities in the U.S. has dropped from more than 2,700 to 785 since 1978, reports the New York Times. There are 2,600 crisis pregnancy clinics (CPC) in the U.S. providing pro-life alternatives to abortion. Pro-life clinics now outnumber abortion facilities 3-to-1. If Roe is overturned, the number of abortion facilities would drop to fewer than 600. CPCs would outnumber abortion facilities 4-to-1.
Over 16 million women of reproductive age in the U.S. currently live closer to a pro-life crisis pregnancy center than to an abortion facility. In a post-Roe America, that number would more than double.
– from Rasmussen, Pew, Guttmacher Institute, New York Times