Most Americans don’t understand effects of Roe v. Wade

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A recent Gallup poll showed that more Americans lean pro-life than we may think when it comes to abortion practices — that’s the good news. The bad news is that these same poll results also indicate that many Americans are very misinformed about the effects of Roe v. Wade. From LifeNews:

The poll found 87 percent of respondents favored laws requiring doctors to tell women about the possible risks of abortion, 71 percent favored parental consent laws, 69 percent favored a 24‑hour waiting period before an abortion, 64 percent favored a ban on partial birth abortion and 50 percent favored a law requiring women seeking abortions to be shown an image of their ultrasound.

…the vast majority of Americans oppose abortion after the first trimester, more than 2/3 of poll takers (71 percent) thought abortion should be illegal in the second three months of pregnancy and nearly 90 percent favored making abortion illegal in the third trimester.

If Gallup had asked these same poll takers whether they thought Roe v. Wade was a good decision, the majority of them would have probably said “yes.” … 58 percent of Americans [think] Roe v. Wade was a good decision.

So how can 71 percent of Americans favor a policy which can’t happen because of ruling 58 percent of Americans think was good? The answer is Americans don’t know Roe.

As members of the pro-life movement, it’s our job to stay informed so that we can continue to do our part in educating others on the facts of abortion.

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