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(01/27/06) -

Two-Thirds in U.S. Back Abortion Rights

(Angus Reid Global Scan) – Many adults in the United States believe this is not the proper time to review the country’s abortion legislation, according to a poll by Gallup released by CNN and USA Today. 66 per cent of respondents would not like to see the Supreme Court overturn its landmark 1973 decision.

(Angus Reid Global Scan) – Many adults in the United States believe this is not the proper time to review the country’s abortion legislation, according to a poll by Gallup released by CNN and USA Today. 66 per cent of respondents would not like to see the Supreme Court overturn its landmark 1973 decision.

The 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling gave American women the right to an abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy, and regulated the procedure during the second trimester “in ways that are reasonably related to maternal health.” In the third trimester, a state can choose to proscribe abortion, except when necessary “for the preservation of the life or health of the mother.”

Last month, a legal memorandum showed that Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito apparently favours overturning the Roe v. Wade ruling. In 1992, Sandra Day O’Connor—the justice Alito would replace—voted against rescinding the 1973 decision that legalized abortion. Alito has said the document reflects his role as a lawyer, and not the way he would vote on specific issues if and when he joins the Supreme Court.

On Jan. 24, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 10-8—strictly along party lines—to send Alito’s nomination to the Senate for full approval. Democratic Massachusetts senator John Kerry has called for the use of the filibuster—extending debate to prevent an actual vote on the nominee.

Polling Data

Would you like to see the Supreme Court overturn its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision concerning abortion, or not?

 

Jan. 2006

Jul. 2005

Yes, overturn

25%

28%

No, not overturn

66%

63%

No opinion

9%

9%

Source: Gallup / CNN / USA Today
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,006 American adults, conducted from Jan. 20 to Jan. 22, 2006. Margin of error is 3 per cent.