By Gudrun Schultz

ROCHESTER, New York, May 10, 2006 ( – A new Harris poll shows abortion on demand is continuing to lose support among the U.S. population. At 49%, support for Roe vs. Wade is at the lowest rate ever since the 1973 decision to make abortion a constitutional right.

In a survey of 1,016 U.S. adults conducted between April 4 and 10, 2006, 47% of Americans said they opposed the Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion.

A clear majority of respondents, 53%, indicated there should be some limits on access to abortion. 20% said they were never in favour of abortion. Only 24% of respondents said a woman should be able to abort her baby “in all circumstances.”

40% of respondents said they would favour laws making it more difficult for a woman to get an abortion. 40% said no change to the laws should be made.

The poll questions on support for Roe vs. Wade were strongly misleading, suggesting the Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion was limited to first-trimester pregnancies, when in fact the decision opened the door to wide-spread abortion on demand throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

Participants were asked:

“In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that state 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 favour or oppose this part of the U.S. Supreme Court decision making abortions up to three months of pregnancy legal?”

Nevertheless, despite inaccurate wording the poll results still show that Americans are increasingly unhappy with unrestricted access to abortion.

Read the complete poll results:


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