The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a recent decision that overturned the landmark precedent established in the 1973 Roe v. Wade case that enshrined a constitutional right to abortion.
The ruling, which has sparked demonstrations and rallies by both protesters and opponents, kicks the legality of abortion rights back to the states, which was the case before the Roe ruling.
Given the controversial nature of the decision, our informal poll asked:
“On Friday, June 24, the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, effectively ending the federal protections for the right to have an abortion. Now, each state will get to decide its own abortion laws. How do you feel about this ruling?”
The clear winner among the 313 respondents was this answer: “They’ve lost their minds – a woman should control her own body,” which got 177 votes, or 57% of the total responses.
That was nearly twice as many as the second-most popular response: “It’s about time – abortion is murder,” which tallied 98 votes (31%).
The other two responses lagged far behind: “I can see both sides of the argument,” received 32 votes (10%) and “What’s Roe v. Wade?” got just six votes (2%).
Several readers responded to the poll on our Facebook page.
“The closer we can return rights to the individual, the better,” Duane Vick wrote. “We should return things from federal control to state control as much as possible because the people have more influence in changing their state laws than they do the federal laws.”
Several said it was the wrong decision.
“No, I do not like the ruling at all,” commented Robbie May-Brownridge.
“I strongly disagree,” added Jenn Ryder. “Things should have been adjusted to protect the rights of women while adhering to the law.”