Dr. Melissa Deckman is a Professor of Political Science at Washington College and a PRRI Affiliated Scholar. Her research interests center on the intersection of religion, women, and politics. She has written in the past about the Christian Right’s participation in school board politics. Her most recent work is as co-editor and contributor to Curriculum and the Culture Wars: Debating the Bible’s Place in Public Schools. PRRI sat down with Dr. Deckman to discuss the significance of the book.
Last Friday, pro-life activists gathered at the National Mall to protest abortion and mark the 40thanniversary of Roe v. Wade as a “solemn occasion.” The March for Life rallied thousands of pro-life/anti-abortion activists to Washington D.C., but in an exceedingly complex debate over abortion, what do the labels “pro-life” and “pro-choice” actually mean to average Americans? It turns out that identifying as both pro-choice and pro-life is actually more common than one might expect: 43% of Americans overall choose both labels. To see how different religious groups break down, take a look at this week’s graphic of the week.