Talk:Abortion in the United States

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Important reference missing?[edit]

In an interview with Justice Ginsburg in 2009, there is a brief discussion of the case of STRUCK v. SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, to which I find no reference on Wikiepdia. To me, this seems to have been an important case, which made it to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and was on its way the SCOTUS when the Air Force changed the policy (rendering the case moot). Do others feel it should be referenced in this article or another on the subject? I don't know enough about it to write a stand-alone piece (and don't think it needs one, but I could be wrong.) HR Mitchell (talk) 23:18, 7 June 2011 (UTC)

The statistics section is in adequate in several ways. First, there is too much emphasis given to results of a single polling organization, Gallup. Second, this emphasis is biased, because Gallup tends to obtain consistently more conservative political results than do various other organization. Third, the section that gives results by sub-groups such as age and region does not include either educational level or religious sub-groups.

In fact, if polls by varied organizations which include five choice categories are included ("Abortion should be": "legal in all circumstances," "legal in most circumstances," "legal in a few circumstances," "legal in no circumstances," "unsure" or equivalents), overall, they have shown that over 50% of those polled, usually 52-58%, support abortion's being legal in all or most circumstances and have done so since at least 1996, with no trend, only variation within the range. This can be grasped from perusing the results of five-category polls on the legality of abortion at http://www.pollingreport/abortion.htm. The site gives results of polls by, e.g., NBC/WSJ, Quinnipiac University, Public Religion Research Institute/Brookings Institution, CNN/ORC, Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation, Washington Post, AP-GfK Roper Corporation, American Press/Ipsos.

There have been recent polls addressing the issues of abortion views by education level and religious affiliation. The Gallup poll on self-labeling as "pro-choice" and "pro-life" by education and religion ( may be less useful in getting at attitudes than the Public Religion Research Millenials, Abortion, and Religion survey ( which considers education level and uses questions with five choice categories. Asiaedit (talk) 03:22, 27 April 2013 (UTC)aisaedit

Nifty chart on US state restrictions on abortion[edit]

I thought this could be used in the article somehow. If need be, I can render a free version for Wikipedia. - RoyBoy 04:12, 4 October 2012 (UTC)

References need improvement in this article[edit]

Far too much of this article is reliant on advocacy groups like The Guttmacher Institute and very poor sources like CNSNews. Can we start working on cleaning this up? Thargor Orlando (talk) 15:09, 27 February 2014 (UTC)

The Guttmacher Institute certainly has an advocacy arm, but it's important to note that they're widely regarded as a reliable—and in fact the most reliable—source when it comes to abortion statistics in the U.S. For example, the New York Times describes Guttmacher's statistics as "widely considered the country’s most definitive examination of abortion trends"). The Los Angeles Times writes that Guttmacher "supports abortion rights, but is (generally) respected by both sides of the debate as a provider of reliable statistics". Their statistics are much more reliable and complete than those gathered by the Centers for Disease Control, because the CDC doesn't gather statistics from a number of states, including California. MastCell Talk 17:11, 5 March 2014 (UTC)

Mississippi figures[edit]

I'm wondering if the Mississippi figures shouldn't be deleted. The "ethnicity" issue is already covered better IMO under that subsection. The number themselves don't really mean that much without consideration of actual births or women eligible to give birth or something of that order. The material (and citation) try to make up for that by giving white:black ratio, but that doesn't really answer the question by birth-eligibility. Unless we're going to try to publish a table somewhere for each state (not here!) or have an article "Abortion in Mississippi", it just seems out of place in a nationwide article IMO. Student7 (talk) 16:52, 4 March 2014 (UTC)

Added a section: who may do abortions in which states[edit]

I have added a section listing which states allow non-physician health professionals to do abortions, and what types of abortions they are allowed to do. Goblinshark17 (talk) 07:03, 7 September 2014 (UTC)