White evangelicals twice as likely to support abortion ban

Pro-abortion protesters and pro-life activists jostle with their signs as they demonstrate hoping for a ruling in their favor over Supreme Court rulings in Washington, U.S., June 20, 2016 . |

New poll finds white evangelicals twice as likely as other religious groups to support overturning Roe vs. Wadewhich seems increasingly likely following the leak of a draft opinion from the United States Supreme Court in a case concerning Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban.

The Pew Research Center released the results of a survey examining Americans’ attitudes toward abortion on Friday, four days after Politico released a draft majority opinion in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health. The draft opinion, written by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, says a majority of justices concluded that Roe vs. Wadethe 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide was “grossly wrong” and “must be overturned”.

Pew conducted the investigation from March 7 to March 13, three months after the closing arguments Dobbs the case was over and about a month after Alito wrote the draft notice in the case centered on Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban. The survey found that overall, 8% of Americans think abortion should be illegal in all cases without exception, while 19% of Americans think the killing of unborn babies should be legal in all circumstances. without exception.

Disaggregated by religious demographics, the results revealed that 21% of white evangelicals wanted to ban abortion completely while 5% expressed a desire for abortion to be legal in all cases. Among Catholics, 13% indicated support for legal abortion in all cases, compared to 10% who wanted a complete ban. Black Protestants supporting legal abortion without exception outnumbered those who wanted to ban abortion without exception by 20% to 7%.

Thirteen percent of mainline white Protestants said they supported legal abortion with no exceptions, compared to 6% who wanted a complete ban. The gap between those who want abortion to be legal in all circumstances and those who want a total ban on the procedure was widest among those not affiliated with religion, with 34% indicating they supported the first position and 2% agreed with the second.

A majority of white evangelicals (53%) think abortion should be illegal in most cases, along with 32% of Catholics, 31% of white mainline Protestants, 21% of black Protestants and 13% of not affiliated with religion. A majority of people with no religious affiliation (51%) think abortion should be legal in most cases, along with pluralities of white Protestants (47%), black Protestants (46%) and Catholics (43%). ). Just 19% of white evangelicals told Pew they want abortion to remain “primarily legal.”

Members of each religious demographic group surveyed specified the specific exceptions to the abortion ban that they favored. Majorities of all religious subgroups agreed with a statement stating that “abortion should be legal if pregnancy threatens the life/health of women”. Those not affiliated with religion showed the greatest support for allowing abortion if a woman’s life or health is in danger at 87%, followed by 77% of mainline white Protestants, 71% of Protestants blacks, 69% Catholics and 51% white evangelicals.

An equal share of Americans with no religious affiliation (87%) said abortion should be legal if the pregnancy resulted from rape, while support for the exception of rape was lower among white Protestants (75 %), black Protestants (71%), Catholics (66%) and white evangelicals (40%). At least half of all religious subgroups argued that “the length of a woman’s pregnancy” should “matter in determining whether it is legal or illegal to have an abortion.”

White mainline Protestants (64%) and Catholics (63%) were most likely to agree with the aforementioned statement, while smaller proportions of white evangelicals (56%), Protestants blacks (50%) and those not affiliated with religion (50%) agreed. . When asked if their religious views were “extremely or very important” in shaping their stance on abortion, 73% of white evangelicals said yes.

In contrast, 51% of Black Protestants, 41% of Catholics, 28% of White Protestants, and 7% of non-religious Protestants cited their religious beliefs as “extremely or very important” in influencing their views on the abortion.

Overall, 36% of Americans think abortion should be “legal in most cases.” Twenty-seven percent think the procedure should be “illegal in most cases”, 19% want to see abortion “legal in all cases” without exception, 8% said abortion should be “illegal in all cases” without exception, 6% want to see abortion “legal in all cases” with “some exceptions when abortion should be illegal”, and 2% expressed support for making abortion “illegal in all cases” with “some exceptions when abortion should be legal”. .”

Support for legal abortion among the American public at large declines as a woman enters her pregnancy. Pew asked the 71% of respondents who think abortion should be “legal in some cases/illegal in some cases” if they supported legal abortion at six weeks, 14 weeks and 24 weeks gestation.

Including the 19% of respondents who think abortion should be legal in all cases and the 8% who think abortion should be illegal in all cases, support for legal abortion drops from 44% to six weeks to 34% at 14 weeks and 3% at 24 weeks. At the same time, support for maintaining illegal abortion goes from 20% at six weeks to 27% at 14 weeks and 54% at 24 weeks.

If the Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade as expected, states will be responsible for determining their abortion laws. Twenty-one states will limit abortions to the first six weeks of pregnancy or completely ban the procedure, 16 states will continue to allow abortions because the right to abortion has been codified in state law, 10 states will continue to enforce existing abortion laws, and three states may soon hold referendums where voters will have the chance to change or confirm existing abortion laws.

Ryan Foley is a reporter for The Christian Post. He can be contacted at: ryan.foley@christianpost.com

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