Legislation, research and public opinion polls related to abortion

Public Opinion Survey on Legality of Abortion

Do you think abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases, or illegal in all cases? [ Q.18 ]

Survey by Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project. Methodology: Interviewing conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, September 2 – September 9, 2014 and based on 2,002 telephone interviews. Sample: National adult. 801 respondents were interviewed on a landline telephone, and 1201 were interviewed on a cell phone, including 673 who had no landline telephone.

Public Opinion Survey on the Morality of Abortion

Do you personally believe that…having an abortion is morally acceptable, morally wrong, or is it not a moral issue? [ Q.58A ]

Survey by Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project. Methodology: Interviewing conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, March 21 – April 8, 2013 and based on 4,006 telephone interviews. Sample: National adult. 2002 respondents were interviewed on a landline telephone, and 2004 were interviewed on a cell phone.

 

Public Opinion Survey on the Legality of Abortion

Do you think abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases or illegal in all cases? [ Q.71 ]

Survey by Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. Methodology: Interviewing conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, November 9 – November 14, 2011 and based on 2,001 telephone interviews. Sample: National adult. 1200 respondents were interviewed on a landline telephone, and 801 were interviewed on a cell phone, including 397 who had no landline telephone.

Public Opinion Survey on the Morality of Abortion

Do you personally believe that…having an abortion is morally acceptable, morally wrong, or is it not a moral issue? (If Necessary, ask:) And is…having an abortion morally acceptable, morally wrong, or is it not a moral issue? [ Q.40C ]

Survey by Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. Methodology: Interviewing conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, February 8 – February 12, 2012 and based on 1,501 telephone interviews. Sample: National adult. 900 respondents were interviewed on a landline telephone, and 601 were interviewed on a cell phone, including 284 who had no landline telephone.

Public Opinion Survey on Members of the Clergy Speaking Out About Abortion

Does the clergy at your place of worship ever speak out…on the issue of abortion? [ Q.43A ]

Survey by Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. Methodology: Interviewing conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, July 21 – August 5, 2010 and based on 3,003 telephone interviews. Sample: National adult. 2002 respondents were interviewed on a landline telephone, and 1001 were interviewed on a cell phone, including 431 who had no landline telephone.

Public Opinion Survey on the Factors that Influence Abortion Opinions

(Which one of the following has had the biggest influence on your thinking on this issue–a personal experience, the views of your friends and family, what you have seen or read in the media, your religious beliefs, your education, or something else?)…Abortion [ Q.14F ]

Survey by Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. Methodology: Interviewing conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, July 21 – August 5, 2010 and based on 3,003 telephone interviews. Sample: National adult. 2002 respondents were interviewed on a landline telephone, and 1001 were interviewed on a cell phone, including 431 who had no landline telephone.

Public Opinion Survey on the Importance of Abortion to Elections

(As you think about the elections for Congress this November (2010), how important are each of the following issues to you.) Is the issue of…abortion very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important? [ Q.08C ]

Survey by Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. Methodology: Interviewing conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, July 21 – August 5, 2010 and based on 3,003 telephone interviews. Sample: National adult. 2002 respondents were interviewed on a landline telephone, and 1001 were interviewed on a cell phone, including 431 who had no landline telephone.

Public Opinion Survey on Whether or Not Abortion is a Discerning Factor in Opposing Health Care

(As I read some reasons people have given for opposing health care reform, please tell me if each one is a major reason, a minor reason, or not a reason why you oppose the health care reform proposals being discussed in Congress.)…Government money might pay for abortions…Is this a major reason, a minor reason, or not a reason why you oppose health care reform? [ Q.04D ]

Survey by Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. Methodology: Interviewing conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, November 12 – November 15, 2009 and based on 1,003 telephone interviews. Sample: National adult. 700 respondents were interviewed on a landline telephone, and 303 were interviewed on a cell phone, including 92 who had no landline telephone.

Public Opinion Survey on the Favoring or Opposition of Making Abortion More Difficult

Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose making it more difficult for a woman to get an abortion? [ Q.30 ]

Survey by Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. Methodology: Interviewing conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, November 12 – November 15, 2009 and based on 1,003 telephone interviews. Sample: National adult. 700 respondents were interviewed on a landline telephone, and 303 were interviewed on a cell phone, including 92 who had no landline telephone.

Public Opinion Survey on Abortion’s Place in Health Care Reform

If the government health care reform plan guarantees certain medical benefits for all Americans, do you think that abortion should or should not be included as one of those benefits? [ Q.06 ]

Survey by Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. Methodology: Interviewing conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, November 12 – November 15, 2009 and based on 1,003 telephone interviews. Sample: National adult. 700 respondents were interviewed on a landline telephone, and 303 were interviewed on a cell phone, including 92 who had no landline telephone.

The manslaughter conviction of Kenneth C. Edelin is overturned, which rules that abortions are only manslaughter if the baby is already alive outside of the womb.

Sen. James L. Buckley introduced the the first human life amendment to the U.S. Senate.

Kenneth C. Edelin was found guilty of manslaughter for the death of an unborn child.

The first March for Life was held in Washington, D.C.

The National Right to Life Committee was incorporated.

The U.S. Supreme Court reached a verdict on the Case of Roe v. Wade, finding that a “right of privacy” it had earlier discovered was “broad enough to encompass” a right to abortion and adopting a trimester scheme of pregnancy.

New York Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller signs a bill that allows abortion on demand up to the 24th week of pregnancy. Similar laws are passed in Alaska, Hawaii, and Washington state.

Gov. John A. Love of Colorado signed the first law allowing abortion in cases of permanent mental or physical disability of either the child or mother or in cases of rape or incest. Similar laws are passed in California, Oregon, and North Carolina.

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