While abortion advocates marched in DC 25Apr04, a new poll [Zogby International] showed that a majority of Americans, including African Americans and students, are pro-life on abortion. A total of 56% agreed with one of the following pro-life views: abortion should never be legal (18%), legal only when the life of the mother is in danger (15%), or legal only when the life of the mother is in danger or in cases of rape or incest (23%). Since abortions in cases of rape or incest or those necessary to save the life of the mother are extremely rare (about 1-4 percent), that means a majority of Americans oppose approximately 96% of all abortions.
Of those surveyed, 42% agreed with one of the following statements supporting abortion: abortion should be legal for any reason in the first 3 months (25%), legal for any reason during the first 6 months (4%), or legal for any reason at any time during the woman’s pregnancy (13%).
“NARAL, Planned Parenthood and their comrades like to think they represent a majority of Americans. However, the latest poll shows that their extreme position of abortion on demand throughout pregnancy is supported by only 13 percent of the public,” stated Carol Tobias [political dir, National Right to Life Committee].
When asked to simply identify themselves as “pro-life” or “pro-choice,” Americans said they were pro-life by a 49-45 percent margin. Thus, 49 percent of Americans call themselves pro-life and 56 percent of Americans now take a pro-life position on abortion.
Meanwhile, according to Holly Smith [dir of youth outreach, NRLC] the Zogby poll found that 51.6% of 18-29 year-olds call themselves “pro-life.” “This is remarkable, not just because it confirms that a majority of the post-Roe generation is pro-life, but that they label themselves so,” Smith said. In the Zogby poll, 60% of 18-29 year-olds took one of the pro-life positions on abortion while only 39 percent agreed with the three pro-abortion stances. Some 26% of young Americans said abortions should never be legal. On the question of whether abortion should not be permitted after the fetal heartbeat begins, 65.5% of 18-29 year-olds agreed, 46.9% strongly so. The human heart begins to beat 18-21 days after fertilization, before most women realize they are pregnant. Hispanics support a pro-life position by a 78-21 percent margin, African Americans backed the pro-life perspective 62-38.
The survey also showed:
* 61% said abortion should not be permitted after the unborn
child’s heart has begun to beat
* 65% agree that abortions should not occur after fetal
brainwaves have been detected (usually in the early weeks of
* 74% said taxpayer money should not be used to pay for abortions
* 77% favor laws requiring that women who are 20 weeks or more
along in their pregnancy be given information about fetal pain
before having an abortion.
With a majority of Americans backing a pro-life position, President Bush has strong support for the pro-life legislation he has signed, including a ban on partial-birth abortions and a bill to protect pregnant mothers and their unborn children from violence. “President Bush and his administration have admirably supported the views of the majority of Americans by working to change our culture to a culture of life,” Tobias added. “This administration is making positive changes that will benefit both women and their children.” [Zogby Intl polled 1,209 individuals 15-17April; the margin of error is +/- 2.8%. Natl Right to Life – http://www.nrlc.org; 26Apr04, LifeNews.com, http://www.lifenews.com/nat474.html