McQuade notes that “public opinion has moved progressively away from supporting unqualified access to abortion.”
“This is a real
sign of hope,” she said, “for both women and their unborn children.”
McQuade is hopeful this trend will continue.
A May 4 Harris
poll found that support for Roe v. Wade has dropped below 50 percent
nationally for the first time in 30 years. It also showed that 44
percent of Americans said they would support a law in their own state
like South Dakota's, which bans all abortions except to save the
“An April 2006
survey by the Polling Company, Inc./WomanTrend found that 54 percent
support limiting legal abortion to the extreme circumstances of rape,
incest, and to save the life of the mother,” McQuade said. An
additional 21 percent would limit abortion to the first trimester. Roe
v. Wade allows for abortion at any time throughout pregnancy.
In March, a
Zogby poll found majority support for abortion regulations such as
informed consent laws for women and parental notification laws, with 69
percent favoring such measures for girls under 17 years old.
to recent nationwide opinion polls, support for Roe v. Wade is waning
and the majority of Americans would support restrictions on abortion,
observes Deirdre McQuade, director of planning and information at the
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Secretariat for Pro-Life