Just 60 Percent of Americans Know Roe v. Wade is About Abortion

Opinion   Barb Listing   Jan 31, 2014   |   5:21PM    Washington, DC

Another year begins and the U.S. Supreme Court rulings legalizing abortion are still in place, although much altered since 1973. Those of us who remember that January 22, 1973, day when the Court handed down Roe v. Wade can likely describe the key points of this fateful decision. That day altered our lives and our nation’s public policies and politics.

roevwade4While we know so well what the words “Roe v. Wade” mean, many of our fellow citizens do not. Some 2013 research from the Pew Research Center provides some interesting information regarding what the public knows and does not know about this infamous U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Data from the Pew Research Center reveals:

  • Only about 6 in 10 citizens know that Roe v. Wade dealt with abortion.
  • 7 percent thought it dealt with school desegregation; 20 percent didn’t know what Roe v. Wade meant
  • For those under 30 years of age, only 44 percent knew the decision was about abortion.
  • Only 63 percent identified Independents associated abortion with Roe v. Wade;
  • 57 percent Democrats and 68 percent Republicans answered correctly

Our “must do” list for 2014 needs to include investing time for basic education on the 1973 abortion cases. If only a slight majority of people associate abortion with Roe v. Wade, how far would that percentage drop if they were asked about the companion case, Doe v. Bolton? That is the 1973 case that expanded the Roe decision to create abortion on demand.

See our website www.RTL.org for a refresher on the decisions.

Through our legislative work and our public education outreach, especially in schools and on campuses, opportunities will be created in 2014 to ensure that our fellow citizens realize the damage done to our nation and families by the original 1973 abortion decisions: Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. Misinformation and lack of information become roadblocks which must be removed as we work to reverse these court decisions. Are there any other court decisions which have reached the same vast proportion of deaths? 56 million deaths of unborn babies and a number growing daily.

May 2014 see our Michigan prolife movement grow and flourish as we continue to work together to protect innocent human life. Let’s start with spreading the truth about the disastrous decisions of January 22, 1973, given to us by 7 men on the U.S. Supreme Court.

LifeNews Note: Barb Listing is the president of Right to Life of Michigan.