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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Irrelevant Poll: Majority Oppose S.D. Abortion Ban

A recent Foxnews poll shows that 59% of Americans oppose South Dakota's ban on nearly all abortions, and is running the headline that "Majority Opposes South Dakota Abortion Law."

Well . . . I'm not at all surprised by the results of the poll, and at some level, I suppose the results are interesting, but the result just happens to be entirely irrelevant!!! It is the people of South Dakota that get to decide what South Dakota's law is. Obviously, the people of South Dakota, through their duly elected representatives and Governor, don't think the ban is too broad.

If Roe v. Wade were overturned tomorrow, and the states of California and New York passed laws legalizing all abortion in their states, I'm sure that a poll could be produced indicating that most Americans disagreed with the California and New York laws. Of course such a poll would be just as meaningless as the present poll, since it would be entirely permissible for the people of California and New York to adopt liberal abortion laws regardless of what a majority of Americans thought of the practice.

I do think that Foxnew's poll contained one interesting statistic. 35% of Americans support South Dakota's law, i.e., 35% of Americans want to restrict nearly all abortions, even where the law does not permit an exception for rape and incest. I think this statistic is tremendously encouraging for pro-lifers, as it indicates that there is a solid block of Americans that oppose abortion in nearly all circumstances. When Roe is finally laid to rest, this block of Americans will use their influence to adopt the most restrictive abortion laws that they can in their respective states. States that are more conservative will adopt more restrictive abortion laws, and states that are more liberal will adopt more liberal abortion laws.