File this under “Don’t Hold Your Breath,” but apparently a majority of Americans want Roe v. Wade upheld.
A majority of Americans say President Bush’s next choice for an opening on the Supreme Court should be willing to uphold the landmark court decision protecting abortion rights, an Associated Press poll found.
The poll found that 59 percent say Bush should choose a nominee who would uphold the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. About three in 10, 31 percent, said they want a nominee who would overturn the decision, according to the poll conducted for the AP by Ipsos-Public Affairs.
“While I don’t have a strong feeling about abortions personally, I wouldn’t want the law overturned and return to the days of backdoor abortions,” said Colleen Dunn, 40, a Republican and community college teacher who lives outside Philadelphia.
The preference for Supreme Court nominees who would uphold Roe v. Wade could be found among both men and women, most age groups, most income groups and people living in urban, suburban and rural areas. Fewer than half of Republicans, evangelicals and those over 65 said they favored a nominee who would uphold the abortion ruling.
Given that a number of that 59% probably voted for Bush, I can’t help but wonder how they intend to keep Roe v. Wade, when the religious right is already demanding payback for getting Bush back in office.
Among some conservative Christians, there is a belief that President Bush received a “moral mandate” to win the recent presidential election — and they are calling on him to act on their agenda now.
“I believe Our Lord elected our president and I believe he put him in office and it is my prayer that he will sustain him in office,” said one woman at the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Another was asked if she believed that God intervened in the election. “Absolutely,” she said.
“Values” voters delivered for the president, and the president must now deliver for them — especially in the courts, said Gary Cass, head of a grassroots political organization affiliated with Coral Ridge, called the Center for Reclaiming America.
“It’s about the next 40 years and how the courts are going to affect the world in which my children and grandchildren are going to be raised in,” he said.
Cass wants a U.S. Supreme Court that will outlaw abortion and gay marriage. “Do you want to take your children to a National League baseball game for instance and have homosexuals showing affection to one another? I don’t want my kids to see that,” he said.
It strikes me as odd that at least some people who are pro-choice would very likely vote for a president who—along with his core consituency—would ultimately like to do away with legal abortion. It’s even more odd that after helping to elect him, and the rest of the Republican government, that they would expect to keep that right. But then, I’ve never quite been able to wrap my brain around the reasons why people vote against their own interests.