Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Today Is 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade; Religious Attitudes and Positions On Repeal Vary

Today is the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade. Last week, the Pew Research Center released a survey report titled Roe v. Wade at 40: Most Oppose Overturning Abortion Decision.  The survey found:
White evangelical Protestants are the only major religious group in which a majority (54%) favors completely overturning the Roe v. Wade decision. Large percentages of white mainline Protestants (76%), Black Protestants (65%) and white Catholics (63%) say the ruling should not be overturned. Fully 82% of the religiously unaffiliated oppose overturning Roe v. Wade.
Half of Americans who attend religious services at least weekly favor completely overturning the Roe v. Wade decision, compared with just 17% of those who attend less often.
Pew Forum has also compiled a guide to Religious Groups' Official Positions on Abortion, with links to material on the views of 17 major religious communities.