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54% in poll favor state abortion ban

Fifty-four percent of people responding to an online poll said Alabama should pass an abortion law similar to the one awaiting the signature of the governor of South Dakota.

The South Dakota Legislature passed the bill Friday, banning abortion unless it is necessary to save a woman's life. Gov. Mike Rounds said he was inclined to sign it.

In the poll, 129 out of 240 respondents said Alabama should also pass such a law, while 111 voted no. The poll is unscientific. It ran for two days, ending Sunday, at www.decaturdaily.com.

South Dakota's law could set up a new Supreme Court test of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that stopped states from banning most abortions.

Both supporters and opponents of abortion rights say that President Bush's two recent court appointees, John Roberts and Samuel Alito, could swing the court against Roe.

—Steve Stewart

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