The War Against Women, continued….

Opposition to Abortion by Decade and "condition": NORC GSS

The rise of Christian Nationalist candidates in the last series of elections has yielded quite an array of anti-immigrant, anti-gay, and anti-woman legislation. I’ve been fascinated by the latest bunch of sick-fuck bills which put onerous and even unenforceable restrictions on abortion. And, the radical right is now even targeting rape victims! That’s right. You were raped? We’ll need to investigate that, open wide. Sick fucks.

It got me thinking. The religious right really just wants to shame women to try to justify their own primitive family arrangements, and I wondered if this emerging  legislation trend is evident in public opinion. And Low. Verily. Even. Overall  opposition to abortion declines across the four decades of the NORC General Social Survey (our only scientific study with comparable high quality data across four decades) —in the 1970s the “pure choice” perspective—believing a woman should be able to get an abortion “for any reason” was opposed by 65% of respondents, and this fell to 62% in the 1980s and 56% in the 1990s, but increased to 59% in the 2000s. Still, it’s a 6% decrease in opposition over the four decades. In contrast, the GSS question asking whether or not respondents agreed that abortion should be legal if the pregnancy was caused by rape shows a quite different trend.  In the 1970s, about 17% wanted to force rape victims to have a baby, and about the same held in the 1980s (at 18%). The desire to make rape victims suffer fell in the 1990s, to only 16% (isn’t that great!)—however in the 2000s it has rebounded. Over 21% of Americans, more than one in five, believes that abortion should be illegal even when a pregnancy is caused by rape. Opposition to legal abortion in the case of rape has actually increased. Wow. And, those fuckers are homeschooling their six kids….

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3 Responses to “The War Against Women, continued….”

  1. Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don’t: The Problem of the Rape Exception: HOW 2 GET PREGNANT Says:

    […] that rape survivors who get pregnant should have to carry the pregnancy to term, according to data from the University of Chicago NORC General Social Survey. From the nineties to the ‘aughties […]

  2. Rape Babies: What Christian America Really Wants—repost « Iranianredneck's Weblog Says:

    […] this is all a part of the ongoing war against women—and yes, indeed, there is actually an UPWARD TREND in opposition to legal abortion even in the case of rape! Like this:LikeBe the first to like […]

  3. Rape Babies: What Christian America Really Wants—repost—Just can’t get enough Republican Christian Rape Babies « Iranianredneck's Weblog Says:

    […] Above you can see just how much like everyone else Sectarian Christians are! A shameful 12% of mainline Protestants (most of them disgusting conservative Presbyterians and Lutherans) think that abortion should be illegal even in the case of rape. That figure doubles among Baptists (our largest Sectarian group). Among respondents affiliated with other sectarian groups (like Sarah Palin and her ilk) nearly HALF agree that abortion should be illegal even in the case of rape, and Mormons for Mitt aren’t far behind (magic underwear would have prevented the rape…).  Almost 21% of Catholics fall in line with the pedophile priests. In contrast, non Christian Americans are opposed to the barbarity of forcing a women to bear the child of a rapist—only 3% are opposed to legal abortion in this case (hopefully they misunderstood the question response), while less than 8% of non-affiliates support primitive misogyny. Of course, this is all a part of the ongoing war against women—and yes, indeed, there is actually an UPWARD TREND in opposition to legal abortion even in the case of rape! […]

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