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Dunno: Under-30s re: Roe v. Wade

Forty years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision, most Americans still support legal abortion — but less than half of young Americans know what the Roe ruling was about, a Pew survey has found. In a poll of some 1,500 adults, most people above age 30 knew that the Roe decision was about abortion and not school desegregation, the death penalty or other major national issue. But of adults ages 30 or younger, only 44 percent correctly identified Roe’s issue. The Pew survey later explained that the Jan. 22, 1973, ruling “established a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion, at least in the first three months of pregnancy,” and then asked if Roe should be overturned. Some 63 percent of respondents said they didn’t want to see Roe overturned, 29 percent said it should be overturned, and 7 percent declined to answer/Washington Times. More here.

Question: How can the under-30s be so clueless re: Roe v. Wade?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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