Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Californians' Views on Reproductive Rights - Let's Keep it Real

In today's Sacramento Bee, the results of a California field poll on the topic of reproductive rights (abortion & access to contraception) is examined:
While some other states are considering new restrictions on abortion, most Californians continue to believe the state's abortion laws should remain unchanged or should be amended to make abortions easier to obtain, a new Field Poll has found.

The survey, taken in late February, found that nearly two-thirds of California adults said they supported the state's abortion laws or thought they should be relaxed. Nearly three-quarters of adults surveyed said they supported late-term abortion in cases when a woman's health is in danger.


Nationally, debate on the abortion issue is heating up again. Lawmakers in South Dakota last week passed a new law criminalizing all abortions except those performed to save the life of the mother, the most restrictive state law since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that states could not ban abortion.


About 63 percent of adults said they did not want the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.
I realize many people do not believe Californians represent mainstream views on national issues, however, it's important to get these facts out so that the extremism of the politicians in So Dakota remains obvious by contrast.

Here's a link to the best blog post I've read on the topic of the SD travesty: taking it personally. <---read this.

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