Life Choices, 1990

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WEBMEANS

Which of these statements would you say best describes the legal outcome of the Webster decision?
  1) All abortions are illegal in the United States.
  2) Abortions are legal only during the first 3 months, and only when the mother's life or health is threatened.
  3) Abortions are legal during the first 3 months, regardless of a woman's reason for wanting one.
  4) Abortions are legal for the duration of the pregnancy, regardless of a woman's reason for wanting one.
  5) Abortions that are legal in one state may be illegal in another.
  6) Not sure

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage Z-Score
All abortions are illegal in the United States. 10 2.5% 2.5% -2.18
Abortions are legal only during the first 3 months, and only when the mother's life or health is threatened. 87 21.4% 23.9% -1.47
Abortions are legal during the first 3 months, regardless of a woman's reason for wanting one. 40 9.9% 33.7% -.76
Abortions are legal for the duration of the pregnancy, regardless of a woman's reason for wanting one. 25 6.2% 39.9% -.05
Abortions that are legal in one state may be illegal in another. 217 53.4% 93.3% .66
Not sure 27 6.7% 100% 1.37

Variable Comparisons


Age (I-AGE)

18-29 years old 30-44 years old 45-59 years old 60-74 years old 75 years and older TOTAL
All abortions are illegal in the United States. 2.3%
2
1.3%
2
1.3%
1
4.8%
3
10.0%
2
2.5%
10
Abortions are legal only during the first 3 months, and only when the mother's life or health is threatened. 19.3%
17
24.2%
37
26.3%
21
15.9%
10
10.0%
2
21.5%
87
Abortions are legal during the first 3 months, regardless of a woman's reason for wanting one. 12.5%
11
6.5%
10
11.3%
9
7.9%
5
20.0%
4
9.7%
39
Abortions are legal for the duration of the pregnancy, regardless of a woman's reason for wanting one. 8.0%
7
7.2%
11
3.8%
3
6.3%
4
0.0%
0
6.2%
25
Abortions that are legal in one state may be illegal in another. 53.4%
47
54.2%
83
51.3%
41
57.1%
36
45.0%
9
53.5%
216
Not sure 4.5%
4
6.5%
10
6.3%
5
7.9%
5
15.0%
3
6.7%
27
TOTAL 100.0%
88
100.0%
153
100.0%
80
100.0%
63
100.0%
20

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Church attendance (I-ATTEND)

Never Once a month or less Once a week or less Several times a week TOTAL
All abortions are illegal in the United States. 1.3%
1
2.7%
3
2.6%
4
3.4%
2
2.5%
10
Abortions are legal only during the first 3 months, and only when the mother's life or health is threatened. 18.8%
15
26.1%
29
19.9%
30
18.6%
11
21.2%
85
Abortions are legal during the first 3 months, regardless of a woman's reason for wanting one. 1.3%
1
9.9%
11
13.9%
21
10.2%
6
9.7%
39
Abortions are legal for the duration of the pregnancy, regardless of a woman's reason for wanting one. 6.3%
5
4.5%
5
6.6%
10
8.5%
5
6.2%
25
Abortions that are legal in one state may be illegal in another. 68.8%
55
49.5%
55
50.3%
76
49.2%
29
53.6%
215
Not sure 3.8%
3
7.2%
8
6.6%
10
10.2%
6
6.7%
27
TOTAL 100.0%
80
100.0%
111
100.0%
151
100.0%
59

401


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school graduate Some college/trade/technical school College graduate TOTAL
All abortions are illegal in the United States. 7.1%
2
4.2%
4
1.8%
2
1.2%
2
2.5%
10
Abortions are legal only during the first 3 months, and only when the mother's life or health is threatened. 21.4%
6
25.0%
24
26.3%
30
16.2%
27
21.5%
87
Abortions are legal during the first 3 months, regardless of a woman's reason for wanting one. 14.3%
4
15.6%
15
8.8%
10
6.6%
11
9.9%
40
Abortions are legal for the duration of the pregnancy, regardless of a woman's reason for wanting one. 21.4%
6
9.4%
9
2.6%
3
4.2%
7
6.2%
25
Abortions that are legal in one state may be illegal in another. 28.6%
8
34.4%
33
54.4%
62
67.7%
113
53.3%
216
Not sure 7.1%
2
11.5%
11
6.1%
7
4.2%
7
6.7%
27
TOTAL 100.0%
28
100.0%
96
100.0%
114
100.0%
167

405


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
All abortions are illegal in the United States. 2.0%
2
3.3%
4
1.7%
2
2.9%
2
2.5%
10
Abortions are legal only during the first 3 months, and only when the mother's life or health is threatened. 24.8%
25
14.0%
17
28.7%
33
17.4%
12
21.4%
87
Abortions are legal during the first 3 months, regardless of a woman's reason for wanting one. 10.9%
11
12.4%
15
9.6%
11
4.3%
3
9.9%
40
Abortions are legal for the duration of the pregnancy, regardless of a woman's reason for wanting one. 3.0%
3
5.8%
7
7.8%
9
8.7%
6
6.2%
25
Abortions that are legal in one state may be illegal in another. 52.5%
53
58.7%
71
41.7%
48
65.2%
45
53.4%
217
Not sure 6.9%
7
5.8%
7
10.4%
12
1.4%
1
6.7%
27
TOTAL 100.0%
101
100.0%
121
100.0%
115
100.0%
69

406


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
All abortions are illegal in the United States. 1.0%
2
3.4%
7
2.3%
9
Abortions are legal only during the first 3 months, and only when the mother's life or health is threatened. 19.9%
39
22.5%
46
21.3%
85
Abortions are legal during the first 3 months, regardless of a woman's reason for wanting one. 9.7%
19
10.3%
21
10.0%
40
Abortions are legal for the duration of the pregnancy, regardless of a woman's reason for wanting one. 7.7%
15
4.9%
10
6.3%
25
Abortions that are legal in one state may be illegal in another. 55.6%
109
51.5%
105
53.5%
214
Not sure 6.1%
12
7.4%
15
6.8%
27
TOTAL 100.0%
196
100.0%
204

400


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Catholic Jewish Other TOTAL
All abortions are illegal in the United States. 2.6%
5
0.8%
1
5.6%
1
4.2%
1
2.3%
8
Abortions are legal only during the first 3 months, and only when the mother's life or health is threatened. 19.0%
36
29.8%
36
22.2%
4
25.0%
6
23.3%
82
Abortions are legal during the first 3 months, regardless of a woman's reason for wanting one. 9.0%
17
14.0%
17
16.7%
3
4.2%
1
10.8%
38
Abortions are legal for the duration of the pregnancy, regardless of a woman's reason for wanting one. 7.4%
14
6.6%
8
5.6%
1
4.2%
1
6.8%
24
Abortions that are legal in one state may be illegal in another. 54.5%
103
40.5%
49
38.9%
7
62.5%
15
49.4%
174
Not sure 7.4%
14
8.3%
10
11.1%
2
0.0%
0
7.4%
26
TOTAL 100.0%
189
100.0%
121
100.0%
18
100.0%
24

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