Yesterday marked the 36th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark abortion ruling, Roe v. Wade.
According to a poll conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public
Life in August of 2008, a slim majority of the public (54%) says
abortion should be legal in all (17%) or most (37%) cases, while 41
percent say abortion should be illegal in all (15%) or most (26%) cases.

The U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, conducted in 2007 by the Pew
Research Center, shows a wide variance in how religious affiliation
influences views on abortion. For example, members of the following
groups believe that abortion should be legal in most or all cases:

  • Jewish — 88 percent
  • Mainline Protestant — 62 percent
  • Catholic — 48 percent
  • Muslim — 48 percent
  • African American — 47 percent
  • Evangelical — 33 percent
  • Mormon — 27 percent
  • Jehovah’s Witness — 16 percent

For further details about this and other studies go to pewforum.org.

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