As another Roe v. Wade anniversary approaches, a new poll reveals that a great majority of Americans are in favor of substantial restrictions on abortion – regardless of their political affiliation.
The 45th anniversary of the notorious the United States Supreme Court’s 1973 decision legalizing the deadly practice nationwide sees more and more Americans lamenting – rather than celebrating – the deaths of approximately 60 million preborn children over less than half a century.
A pro-life nation evolving?
Statistics recently unleashed by the pro-life organization Knights of Columbus, which commissioned Marist pollsters to conduct the poll, divulge that an overwhelming majority of Americans (76 percent) believe that abortion should be either: 1) allowed only during the first trimester of pregnancy, 2) solely permitted under the extremely rare circumstances of rape, incest or to save the mother’s life, or 3) banned altogether.
And it is not only conservative Republicans and Christians who are supporting pro-life protections for the preborn.
“Support for these pro-life reforms includes 61 percent of Democrats and 78 percent of independents,” Townhall reported from the poll conducted by Marist – which regularly collaborates with left-leaning NPR and NBC News. “And even if you excise the 'first trimester' option, fully 50 percent of Americans believe abortion should only be legally allowed in a handful of narrow circumstances, or not at all.”
In fact, it appears that former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign alliance with Planned Parenthood hurt her chances for the White House more than it helped.
“Just 12 percent of Americans support the Democratic Party's radical abortion platform, which effectively favors restriction-free abortion-on-demand – some left-wing state legislatures have gone even further in their extremism,” Townhall’s Guy Benson pointed out. “Fewer than one-in-four respondents say abortion should be widely legal either throughout pregnancy, or at least through the first two trimesters.”
With President Donald Trump challenging the failed Obamacare and its underhanded pro-abortion provisions, it is encouraging for many pro-life advocates to know that most Americans do not agree that taxpayers should be funding the lethal practice.
“Fifty-four (54) percent of respondents said those with moral objections should not be legally required to provide abortion services or insurance coverage – that includes 42 percent of pro-choice Americans and 40 percent of Democrats,” National Review reported from the poll. “
Furthermore, when Americans were asked whether abortion should be used to kill preborn children because they are physically or mentally challenged, most believe the practice should be outlawed, while an overwhelming majority are of the mindset that both the lives of the mother and child are valuable and should be protected.
“A slight majority of Americans say they think abortion is morally wrong, and that figure rises to 64 percent when considering the abortion of unborn children diagnosed with a genetic disorder such as Down syndrome,” National Review's Alexandra DeSanctis noted from this year’s poll. “Almost half of pro-choice respondents said that abortion of a child with a genetic disorder is morally wrong. According to almost 80 percent of respondents, it is possible to have laws protecting both the health of the mother and the life of her unborn child.”
Right to protect or kill?
With pro-abortion activists pushing their agenda in the name of women’s so-called “reproductive rights,” more Americans are not buying their argument that the lethal procedure is a morally upright decision, with numbers showing that the abortion industry’s and Democrats’ campaign to normalize the deadly practice is failing – as a majority in the nation realize the gravity of willfully terminating innocent human life.
“As has been the case throughout this polling series – stretching back to 2012 – a clear majority of voters say abortion is morally wrong, as opposed to morally acceptable,” Benson explained. “The latter option has consistently outpaced the latter one by roughly 15 to 25 percentage points. In addition, 52 percent say abortion ‘does more harm than good’ in the long run, whereas [only] 29 percent say it ‘improves a woman's life.’”
Ultrasounds and other information pointing to the fact that human life begins inside the womb – well before natural birth – is resonating with a greater percentage of Americans.
“By a 30-point margin (63 percent to 33 percent), U.S. voters favor a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy – when an unborn child has reached her sixth month in the womb (the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a measure that offers such protections on the day of the March for Life),” Benson revealed. “A similarly robust majority (60 percent to 36 percent) opposes taxpayer dollars being directed to finance abortions.”
And even though the abortion agenda pushed on most public school and college campuses is still embraced by many in America, its hold is slipping.
“A slim 51 percent majority of respondents describe their abortion position as ‘pro-choice,’ with 44 percent responding ‘pro-life,’ and four percent unsure,” Benson divulged from the poll. “This gap has narrowed considerably from last year's poll, in which ‘pro-choice’ held a (56 percent to 39 percent) advantage. The current spread reflected in the new poll closely matches this series' fairly consistent findings over the last five years.”
The abortion industry’s appeal to feminism and morality as arguments used to push its agenda is also seen to be losing ground of late.
“Last year’s results showed no gender gap on these questions between men and women, which complicates one side's incessant ‘women's rights’ framing,” Benson stressed. “Another question asks whether healthcare providers (doctors, nurses and organizations) with ‘moral objections’ to abortion should be legally required to participate in the practice. A double-digit majority (54 percent to 38 percent) says these providers should not be compelled to violate their consciences.”
His review of the Knights of Columbus’ internals impresses the point that the a gender gap on the issue of abortion simply does not exist.
“On the specific question of when abortion should and should not be illegal, 51 percent of women choose one of the three most pro-life options, compared to 22 percent who choose the two most pro-choice options; those numbers among men are 51 and 25 percent, respectively,” Benson informed. “In total, 78 percent of American women favor significant new restrictions on abortion. Among Millennial voters, 68 percent say abortion should be limited to the first trimester or restricted even further. Among Latinos, that number is 77 percent.”
Statistics consistently holding true
Numbers revealed in this year poll show that there is a consistent trend of Americans increasingly acknowledging the value of life.
“Among Americans overall, nearly three-quarters (74 percent) want abortion restricted to, at most, the first trimester,” the Knights of Columbus divulged from the Marist poll last year. “Among those who want restrictions, 74 percent want the Supreme Court to rule in favor of those restrictions. This equates to about 55 percent of Americans who support such action by the court.”
Last year’s poll found that even those who identify as Democrats and abortion advocates are straddling the fence more in this divisive issue.
“In fact, nearly six in 10 (59 percent) say it is either an immediate priority (34 percent), or is an important one (25 percent), to limit abortion to the first trimester,” the pro-life group revealed at the time. “This includes 78 percent of Republicans and almost half of Democrats (47 percent). Even among those who identify as pro-choice, more than four in 10 say restricting abortion is an immediate priority or important (44 percent).”