What Americans Really Think About Abortion (WSJ)

My new essay in the Wall Street Journal (page C3 in the September 26-27 issue) brings attention to what we learned from interviewing hundreds of Americans in-depth regarding how they think and feel about abortion.

A big takeaway? Americans’ views are far more nuanced than what a black and white, “pro-choice” versus “pro-life” framing presumes. Abortion may epitomize our “us” versus “them” political culture, but actually talking to people reveals anything but a clear line between mutually exclusive camps.

I’m grateful for the opportunity to bring sociological research to bear on the ways we think through this issue, which is often talked about without sufficient attention to how ordinary Americans, themselves, view it.

For more, check out our full report published with support from the McGrath Institute at the University of Notre Dame. I’ll continue to post additional publications here. You can also follow me on Twitter @TriciaCBruce.

*Thank you* to each of the 217 Americans who participated in confidential interviews with our research team. We are honored and grateful for your candor, without which this study would not have been possible.