White Evangelicals Are 2 Times More Likely to Support Overturning Roe v. Wade Than Other Religious Groups
A Pew Research Center poll shows that white Evangelicals are twice as likely as other religious groups to support the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
The poll comes after a draft of a United States Supreme Court opinion was leaked. The draft supported a reversal of Roe v. Wade.
Last week, Politico published the draft majority opinion in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, in which a majority of justices said the 1973 ruling was “egregiously wrong” and “must be overruled.”
According to The Christian Post, Pew’s survey found that 8 percent of Americans believe that abortion should be illegal in all cases with no exceptions, and 19 percent of Americans said abortion should be legal in all circumstances with no exceptions.
About 21 percent of white Evangelicals said they wanted to ban abortion, but just 5 percent said abortion should be legal in all cases. Among Catholics, 14 percent said they supported legal abortion, while 10 percent said they believed in a ban on all abortions. Meanwhile, 20 percent of Black protestants said they supported legal abortion with no exceptions, and just 7 percent said they wanted to ban abortion with no exceptions.
About 53 percent of white Evangelicals said abortion should be illegal in most cases, followed by Catholics at 32 percent, white mainline Protestants at 31 percent, Black protestants at 21 percent, and 13 percent of those who identified as religiously unaffiliated.
Overall, majorities of all religious groups said they supported abortion if the pregnancy threatened the woman’s life or health.
Among religiously unaffiliated Americans, 87 percent reported that abortion should be legal if the pregnancy resulted from rape. Just 40 percent of white Evangelicals said the same.
The survey also found:
- 44 percent said abortion should be legal at six weeks
- 34 percent said abortions should be legal at 14 weeks
- 3 percent said abortions should be legal at 24 weeks
- 73 percent of white Evangelicals said that their religious views were “extremely or very important” to their opinion on abortion
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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.