Today marks the fortieth anniversary of the landmark abortion-rights decision Roe v. Wade. And just as it looked like the case was about to enter its midlife crisis phase of declining popularity and constant legal siege, it got a boost from an unlikely source.
According to an NBC poll, more than 50 percent of Americans believe abortion should legal in all or most cases, while 70 percent want Roe to be upheld.
Pollster Bill McInturff cited the candidacies of Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock as the catalyzers behind the surge in support for abortion rights:
McInturff adds that the abortion-related events and rhetoric over the past year — which included controversial remarks on abortion and rape by two Republican Senate candidates, as well as a highly charged debate over contraception — helped shaped these changing poll numbers.
"The dialogue we have had in the last year has contributed … to inform and shift attitudes."
Aw, you guys! You didn't have to! (Seriously, all the talk about legitimate rape and gifts from God, you didn't have to do that.)
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Tags: Abortion, Polls, Roe v. Wade, Women's Rights