Today is the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the ruling that established the right to obtain an abortion across the country. The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of a woman’s rights to choose, at least within the first three months after conception. However, with how much talk there was about abortion in the last election, it almost feels like this ruling is going through a mid-life crisis.
It’s been 40 years since this ruling and yet the country is still divided on the issue of abortion. Despite individual states re-examining their laws around abortion, a new national poll from the Pew Research Center shows that 63 percent of of people want to see the ruling remain intact. About 39 percent of people want to see it overturned. The percentage of people supportive of Roe v. Wade is higher among Democrats (74 percent), though more Republicans are still for Roe — 48 percent vs. 46 percent against.
And though abortion is obviously still a hot-button issue, the public’s interest with talking about it is waning. Currently only 18 percent of the population still see abortion as being a critical issue in America — is it just that these people seem to be running for office?
Do you think abortion is still a critical issue that should be discussed?