At 35, Roe v. Wade Still Divides

Protesters on both sides will mark today's anniversary
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2008 11:19 AM CST
An anti-abortion advocate holds a sign during the 30th Annual March for Life rally, outside the Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008. Tuesday will mark the 35th anniversary of the Jan....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Protesters on both sides of the abortion debate today mark the 35th anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling that frames the debate. The anniversary of Roe v. Wade arrives with surveys showing US views on abortion largely unchanged over the past 15 years and with abortions at their lowest level since the ruling, CNN reports.

As cases to alter current restrictions wind through the courts, polls show that about 36% of Americans think abortion should almost always be legal, 40% say it's OK in limited circumstances, and 22% say it should be illegal. "The American people and many political leaders have already made up their minds," said a law professor. Still, a change in the makeup of the Supreme Court could lead to changes.