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September 26, 2005

Abortion and anti-abortion states

If Roe v. Wade were overturned, and the legality of abortion were returned to the state legislatures, there would be just 13 states inclined to ban abortion, a set of statewide polls by SurveyUSA.com suggests. The only one in the Pacific Northwest is Idaho.

Summaries of the polls are available on the Internet, here. I canít speak for them. I donít know the pollster. But the numbers look plausible. Certainly the most anti-abortion state, Utah, is known as the most culturally conservative, and the most pro-abortion state, Vermont, is known as the most liberal. (Utah also has the highest rate of live births per 1,000 women aged 15-44, and Vermont, the lowest. These figures are here.)

The 13 states in which anti-abortion sentiment is predominant are these, in descending order of strength: Utah, Louisiana, Arkansas, Idaho, Alabama, Mississippi, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, South Dakota, Missouri and Oklahoma. All were Bush states in 2004.

The top 13 pro-abortion states, in descending order of strength: Vermont, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, California, New Hampshire, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, Washington, Rhode Island, Nevada and Oregon. All were Kerry states in 2004 except Nevada.

Washington scored 32% no and 63% yes on allowing abortion. Nationally, the result (weighted for population) was 38% no, 56% yes.

If Roe v. Wade were overturned, abortions would probably be available in most of the states of the union, and all of the biggest ones, and in this one.

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Posted by Bruce Ramsey at September 26, 2005 01:54 PM



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