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I am Roe[edit]

...is the book written by the plaintiff in the case. ...the fact that she is now a pro life advocate. ...both are pertinent facts. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 67.249.246.183 (talk) 01:59, 10 January 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 3 April 2015[edit]

Please change the entire textual paragraph under public opinion to:

    Public opinion

See also: Abortion in the United States: Public opinion A Gallup poll conducted in May 2009 indicates that a minority of Americans, 37%, believe that abortion should be legal in any or most circumstances, compared to 41% in May 2008. The move away from pro-choice toward pro-life was confirmed with 51% of survey respondents identifying as pro-life and 42% identifying as pro-choice. This is the fist time since Gallup polling on the issue began, in 1995, that more adults self identified as pro-life then pro-choice. [1][77] Similarly, an April 2009 Pew Research Center poll showed a softening of support for legal abortion compared to the previous years of polling. People who said they support abortion in all or most cases dropped from 54% in 2008 to 46% in 2009.[78] In contrast, an October 2007 Harris poll on Roe v. Wade asked the following question: In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that states laws which made it illegal for a woman to have an abortion up to three months of pregnancy were unconstitutional, and that the decision on whether a woman should have an abortion up to three months of pregnancy should be left to the woman and her doctor to decide. In general, do you favor or oppose this part of the U.S. Supreme Court decision making abortions up to three months of pregnancy legal?[79] In reply, 56 percent of respondents indicated favour while 40 percent indicated opposition. The Harris organization concluded from this poll that "56 percent now favours the U.S. Supreme Court decision." Pro-life activists have disputed whether the Harris poll question is a valid measure of public opinion about Roe's overall decision, because the question focuses only on the first three months of pregnancy.[80][81] The Harris poll has tracked public opinion about Roe since 1973:[79][82]  Regarding the Roe decision as a whole, more Americans support it than support overturning it.[83] When pollsters describe various regulations that Roe prevents legislatures from enacting, support for Roe drops.[83][84] According to a March 21, 2013 Pew Research Center survey 49% of respondents found having an abortion to be morally wrong, 23% found it not to be a moral issue and 15% found abortion to be morally acceptable. [2] Hawljo (talk) 08:39, 3 April 2015 (UTC)

Red information icon with gradient background.svg Not done: please establish a consensus for this alteration before using the {{edit semi-protected}} template. Kharkiv07Talk 22:17, 4 April 2015 (UTC)

Public Opinion[edit]

The public opinion section is a bit outdated and could benefit from additional stats. I would like to add Gallup Poll information from May 2015 (most recent poll), and Pew Research Center stats from January 2013 (most recent to the best of my knowledge). I will do so in the next day or two, so please comment if you would like me to keep the old information while adding the new.

Everything will be cited to their sources.

SMaeglinReproRights (talk) 13:37, 6 July 2015 (UTC)

Should the term "pro-life" be used (without quotation marks) in an objective article?[edit]

At the end of the third paragraph, I see the following phrase:

“...dividing much of the United States into pro-choice and pro-life camps..."

To be objective and more correct, the two sides should be called “pro-abortion-rights” and “anti-abortion-rights.”

“Pro-life” is a loaded term, is misleading, and appears in various places in the article. If you call them “pro-life,” the implication is that the other side must be anti-life, and many will argue that they are certainly not anti-life. The abortion debate isn’t so much about pro-life or anti-life, but rather at what point in the human reproduction process you have a new human.

While we should use the correctly descriptive terms, “pro-abortion-rights” and “anti-abortion-rights,” we certainly also need to point out that the latter group refers to themselves as “pro-life.” However, just because they use that term, doesn’t mean that Wikipedia needs to use it throughout its supposedly objective article on the topic.

DrMattB (talk) 17:24, 6 August 2015 (UTC)

  1. ^ http://www.gallup.com/poll/118399/More-Americans-Pro-Life-Than-Pro-Choice-First-Time.aspx
  2. ^ http://www.pewforum.org/2013/08/15/abortion-viewed-in-moral-terms/