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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Poll: For the First Time, Majority of Americans Support Roe v. Wade

Posted by on Tue, Jan 22, 2013 at 7:05 AM

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  • The Stranger
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, aka abortion's official birthday! And according to a new poll conducted by NBC News/Wall Street Journal, for the first time since the landmark case, a majority of Americans believe abortion should be legal in all or most instances.

Moreover, thanks to the highly charged anti-abortion, anti-contraception rhetoric over the past year, of the 1,000 people polled, 70 percent opposed overturning Roe v. Wade—the highest percentage since 1989:

... That’s up from the 58 percent who said the decision shouldn’t be overturned in 1989; the 60 percent who said this in 2002; and the 66 percent who said this in 2005.

By comparison, just 24 percent now want the Roe v. Wade decision overturned, including 21 percent who feel strongly about this position.

Much of this change, the NBC/WSJ pollsters say, is coming from African Americans, Latinos, and women without college degrees—all of whom increasingly oppose the Supreme Court decision being overturned.

 

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Tacoma Traveler 1
A woman's body is to remain sacrosanct, and all decisions made regarding her body are to be made by her and her alone.

I also hold firm to the notion that women should receive equal pay for the work they perform, should not be barred from any job posting (including combat duty), and that women are as competent is every respect as their male counterparts in every field of endeavor.

I sort of understand how it is that GLBT people such as myself wound up getting attacked by the majority os society, since we are a very small minority, and it's always easier to attack people who are few in number. But women constitute over half the human population. How it is that they became the subordinates in society worldwide mystifies me. By sheer force of numbers, they should be the dominant force in any even semi-democratic society. And yet, worldwide, they are not.

Strangely, a gay man such as myself has to come out in support of women's rights in order for this clear majority of the human species to have those rights. And even stranger still, this position is held by some to be radical.

What a very odd world we inhabit.
Posted by Tacoma Traveler on January 22, 2013 at 7:25 AM · Report this
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I want to thank Planned Parenthood and all the independent clinics (like Cedar River) who have struggled to keep reproductive healthcare available in the face of a political establishment prone to using women's rights as a pawn in their election campaigns. Cheers!
Posted by Linda J on January 22, 2013 at 7:44 AM · Report this
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Roe's lawyer Sarah Waddington is speaking at Town Hall tonight! Sold out, but there may be cancellations at the last minute. The Times sent Brodeur to talk to her: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2…
Posted by gloomy gus on January 22, 2013 at 7:51 AM · Report this
Lissa 4
I <3 you Tacoma Traveler.
Posted by Lissa on January 22, 2013 at 7:58 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 5
It's just too bad it takes Americans so fucking long to figure out the truth. Everything has to be hashed out and argued over with religious crazies all the time.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on January 22, 2013 at 8:12 AM · Report this
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Good to hear this. The country is moving in the right direction on some crucial issues (gun control, women's reproductive rights, gay rights).
Posted by Patricia Kayden on January 22, 2013 at 8:53 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 7
@1,
But women constitute over half the human population. How it is that they became the subordinates in society worldwide mystifies me. By sheer force of numbers, they should be the dominant force in any even semi-democratic society. And yet, worldwide, they are not.
That's always puzzled me as well. How and why did women become such second-class humans? I would venture to guess that it had a lot to do with pregnancy and babies. Primitive men who were aggressive conquerors and rapists would probably have had a slight genetic advantage over men who were more docile. The reverse is probably true for primitive women, since being aggressive would likely lead to more miscarriages or more abandoned/orphaned infants.

Over time, this would have led to aggressive, dominant males and docile, subservient females.

Just a guess though.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on January 22, 2013 at 10:09 AM · Report this
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Roe v. Wade is status quo.

It is Conservative to support RvW.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on January 22, 2013 at 10:13 AM · Report this
Knat 9
@1, 7

We can thank religion for propping up the treatment of women as servile male possessions, whose only existence is to please and provide babies to men.
Posted by Knat on January 22, 2013 at 10:17 AM · Report this
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It's never too late to change, folks. Instead of judging the women who passively accept much of what is handed to them, be supportive. Be supportive of the millions of moms who are left raising children alone. Be supportive of the teenaged girls who began dieting at age 11 so they will be socially acceptable and desirable mates. We're fucked up in so many ways - just being kind and demonstrating confidence in some of those people would go a long way towards reaching the equality we believe to be possible and necessary.
Posted by totallycarey on January 22, 2013 at 10:32 AM · Report this
emma's bee 11
@1 and 7: and yet, not all societies evolved this way. For example, Cherokee women had dominant roles in their society.
Posted by emma's bee on January 22, 2013 at 10:55 AM · Report this
venomlash 12
@8: Then why are the conservatives in this country so opposed to it? Riddle me that, dumbass.
Posted by venomlash on January 22, 2013 at 11:13 AM · Report this
keshmeshi 13
@7,

Your theory doesn't hold up to how contemporary hunter-gatherer societies operate. Those societies are relatively egalitarian and practice strict population control to prevent overcrowding/overuse of resources.
Posted by keshmeshi on January 22, 2013 at 11:22 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 14
@12 cause they be stupid.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on January 22, 2013 at 11:39 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 15
@13,
Ok, but there are very few hunter-gatherer societies. Most hunter-gatherers either became farmers or were driven out by farmers millenia ago.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on January 22, 2013 at 11:58 AM · Report this
Tacoma Traveler 16
9,

Yes, religion is utter bullshit. But why is it that region came to enforce male rather than female dominance? If over half the human population is female, and religion can only exist in the minds of humans, why is it that the majority of the humans on Earth haven't imagined religion in a way that represents their interests?

How has 49% of the planet hijacked 51%?

And not even all 49%, since there are a number of males such as myself that utterly reject the idea of female inferiority.
Posted by Tacoma Traveler on January 22, 2013 at 1:40 PM · Report this
emma's bee 17
@15: The Cherokee were farmers *and* hunters, until driven out by white marauders.
Posted by emma's bee on January 23, 2013 at 5:10 PM · Report this

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