7 Reasons to Stop Claiming “Americans Support Roe v. Wade”

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Charles Camosy—associate professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University, board member of Democrats for Life, and author of Beyond the Abortion Wars: A Way Forward for a New Generation—had an article in July helpfully summarizing seven reasons it is deeply misleading to claim Americans support Roe v. Wade.

1. Many Americans know little about Roe.

2. Many abortion activists don’t like Roe.

3. Roe is no longer Roe—it is Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

4. Americans support abortion restrictions that Roe banned.

5. Coat-hanger abortion stories are mostly fables.

6. Many pro-lifers support exceptions for hard cases.

7. Americans don’t like abortion of disabled children.

Camosy concludes:

If we want an honest accounting of what the American people think about U.S. abortion policy in the debate over the new SCOTUS nominee, the coming weeks and months should see media and others in public discourse doing much better than lazily citing a poll showing support for Roe v. Wade. They must instead dive into the facts about what Americans believe about abortion, and how they compare with what Roe/Casey has done to U.S. abortion policy.

An honest accounting will find that the Supreme Court has given the United states one of the most extreme abortion policies in the world, and that the American people are ready to have policies that actually reflect what they believe about abortion.

You can read the whole thing here, with explanations of each point.

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