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Thu Jul 12, 2018, 08:10 AM

Nearly Two-Thirds of Americans Want Roe v. Wade to Stand

Source: Gallup Poll



JULY 12, 2018

by Megan Brenan

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

* 28%, including 51% Republicans and 13% Democrats, want Roe v. Wade overturned

* 49% say Supreme Court nominee's views are a reason to reject

* 46% think rejection based on nominee's views is unjustified


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As the U.S. Senate prepares to hold confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the public is strongly opposed to any attempts to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that made abortion legal nationwide. Currently, 64% of Americans believe Roe v. Wade should stand, while 28% would like to see it overturned.



The poll was conducted July 2-8, just before President Donald Trump announced Kavanaugh as his nominee to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Many Democratic senators quickly voiced their opposition to the conservative 53-year-old judge and vowed to vote against his confirmation, based largely on his judicial record and his stances on a number of issues, including abortion and the Affordable Care Act.

Democratic U.S. senators and a handful of moderate Senate Republicans, including Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, do not want to fill Kennedy's seat with a justice who opposes abortion rights.

While nominees to the high court often do not openly share their personal views on issues, their past public statements are scrutinized. It is generally expected that Kavanaugh would oppose abortion rights. However, Sen. Collins has said that a remark Kavanaugh made more than 10 years ago about Roe v. Wade -- that it was "settled precedent" -- is encouraging to her.



Read more: https://news.gallup.com/poll/237071/nearly-two-thirds-americans-roe-wade-stand.aspx

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 08:15 AM

1. Too bad they didn't vote . Trump was in the media enough while campaigning . He spoke many times

about abortion . They do not want it to stand that much to actually vote I guess

April 1, 2016, 9 p.m.

....the Trump campaign re-frames what the candidate said.

“Mr. Trump gave an accurate account of the law as it is today and made clear it must stay that way now — until he is president,” it read. “Then he will change the law through his judicial appointments and allow the states to protect the unborn. There is nothing new or different here.”

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 08:16 AM

2. Maybe that would matter a little more if we weren't living in a pseudo-democracy

Two Republican PV losers have packed the Court with far-right judges who don’t care.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 08:23 AM

3. and how many of those were self-identified progressives who refused to vote for the Democratic

nominee in 2016 by either voting third party or not voting?


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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 08:24 AM

4. An Overwhelming Majority

Nearly everyone is saddened by abortion, the need for it from failed birth control to other, horrible causes of pregnancies. What to speak of borne children cursed to a life of suffering from physical abnormalities.

It is a life-changing and trauma-inducing event in most cases. Everyone agrees with that. Some just think government officials should give approval or deny approval with laws to punish offenders who think otherwise.

I'm saddened by women facing such situations, but it's none of my business. And even if I oppose abortion, is the mandate of a government the best way at reducing abortions? No, it is just dangling keys for politicians, a simple and ineffective solution that benefits political campaigns at the expense of hurting the problem they perceive. The evidence? Abortions were 250 abortions per live births in 1973, they are around 200 in 2016. That's down from a 1985 peak of 360.

If people want to lower abortions, they should get behind what's working. On every other issue Republicans want no government regulation. Except this one, they favor all the government resources available to look good on a candidate's resume.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 09:47 AM

5. And 90% wanted background checks ...... nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2018, 10:39 AM

6. In the end there's only one vote that matters, and he's being considered to become a SCOTUS justice.

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