Race differences in abortion attitudes.

  title={Race differences in abortion attitudes.},
  author={Elaine J. Hall and Myra Marx Ferree},
  journal={Public opinion quarterly},
Public opinion surveys since 1965 find that black respondents are less in favor of legal abortion than white respondents. Using the 1982 NORC General Social Survey, we replicate and expand one of the few studies (Combs and Welch, 1982) that examined the structure and determinants of prochoice attitudes of blacks and whites. Our major findings are (1) the racial difference in prochoice attitude is as great in 1982 as in the 1970s, (2) contrary to the suggestion of Combs and Welch, the… 
Race differences in abortion attitudes: some additional evidence.
  • C. Wilcox
  • Psychology
    Public opinion quarterly
  • 1990
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