Fact check: Sheila Jackson Lee's claim about Roe v. Wade


On July 10, 2018, Democratic U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee‏, who represents Texas’ 18th congressional district, wrote a tweet  in which she said:

Claim 1: “Seventy percent of Americans support #RoeVWade” [meaning they favor legal abortion in the United States].

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Sheila Jackson Lee on Twitter

Seventy percent of Americans support #RoeVWade. Americans don’t want President Trump and Brett Kavanaugh’s extreme, anti-choice agenda. We need to #StopKavanaugh! #WhatsAtStake

Fact check:

On July 12, pollsters Gallup released the results of a survey conducted between July 2 to 8, finding 64 percent of Americans think Roe v. Wade should stand. 28 percent of the 1,291 adults surveyed think the 1973 ruling on abortion rights should be overturned.

According to a poll conducted by Gallup earlier this year, 50 percent of Americans think abortion should be legal only under certain circumstances, while 29 percent support legal abortion under all circumstances, and 18 percent believe it should be illegal in all circumstances.

For 2018, 48 percent of Americans consider themselves as pro-choice, by contrast, 48 percent think they are pro-life.

Roe vs. Wade was a ‘landmark’ case decided by the United States Supreme Court where the decision struck down a 1970 Texas law banning abortion. The ruling on 22 January 1973 effectively made abortion legal in the United States as a part of the right to privacy under the 14th amendment.

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    2018-07-13 16:24:06 . . Brant Fetter (talk | contribs) .. (Update → Added requested short summary re. Roe Vs. Wade)
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    2018-07-13 15:40:33 . . Jack Barton (talk | contribs) .. (Update → Latest survey)
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    2018-07-13 14:26:21 . . Mohamed salih (talk | contribs) .. (Update → Added a paragraph based on survey data from Gallup)
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