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More than 60 percent of Americans in a new Gallup poll believe abortion should be illegal in most circumstances, a six-year high that puts them at odds with Supreme Court decisions that legalized abortion for virtually any reason.
Sixty-one percent of U.S. adults say abortion should be illegal in all circumstances or legal in only a few circumstances, compared to 37 percent who say abortion should be legal in all or most circumstances. The 61 percent is an increase from 56 percent last year and is the highest since 2005, when 62 percent answered similarly.
Additionally, 51 percent of U.S. adults say abortion is morally wrong compared to 39 percent who say it is morally acceptable.
"No matter how you slice it, that signals that Americans are much, much closer to where you and I are than to [Planned Parenthood]," Dave Andrusko, who writes for National Right to Life News, wrote May 24.
But, perhaps puzzling, 49 percent of Americans call themselves pro-choice compared to 45 percent who call themselves pro-life. Last year it was reversed: 47 percent claiming the pro-life label, 45 percent the pro-choice label.
The 1973 Roe decision, coupled with the companion Doe v. Bolton ruling, legalized abortion nationwide for effectively any reason during all nine months of pregnancy.
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