Eight Out of Ten Americans Support Abortion

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by Joseph Gallagher  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  July 25, 2016   

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DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - Eight out of ten Americans support ninety percent of the abortions in America.

Despite the "spin" by various pro-life outfits as a recent Knights of Columbus poll being "good news," a deeper examination of the data reveals little has changed in America with regard to abortion over the past 40 years.

The Knights of Columbus released its findings from a recent poll taken on abortion, which states that 81 percent of Americans want restrictions on abortion limiting them to the first trimester. What it does not mention is that 90 percent of abortions happen in the first trimester, about 900,000 out of 1,000,000 a year.

A majority of Americans, 51 percent, remain "pro-choice," and a little more than two-thirds (69 percent) of that self-identified "pro-choice" contingent wish to limit abortions to the first trimester.

Among the "pro-choice" vote, 12 percent believe abortion should be allowed within the first six months and 8 percent believe it should be allowed at any time during a pregnancy.

Forty four percent of Americans identify as pro-life, but only 12 percent of all Americans hold that abortion is never acceptable.

When asked the question, "Regardless of whether or not you think it should be legal, do you believe that, in general, abortion is morally acceptable or morally wrong?" 60 percent of Americans found abortion to be morally wrong, 37 percent morally acceptable, and 2 percent do not think that abortion is a moral issue.

Fifty five percent of Americans (27 percent "pro-choice" and 85 percent pro-life) find that abortion does more harm than good to a mother, whereas 30 percent find that abortion does more good.

When asked if one "strongly support, support, oppose or strongly oppose using tax dollars to pay for a woman’s abortion," 51 percent of "pro-choice" Americans opposed or strongly opposed the use of tax dollars to grant an abortion.

Seventy-seven percent of Americans believe laws can exist which protect the health and well-being of a woman as well as the life of the unborn.

When asked, "Should professionals and organizations with moral objections to abortion be required to provide abortion services, insurance coverage, or referrals?" half of Americans, 51 percent, disagree.

The Marist Institute for Public Opinion is considered as one of the top polling firms by sources such as the New York Times and Five Thirty Eight.

The poll was taken over a seven day period through telephone interview. A total of 1,686 Americans were interviewed through the Marist Institute for Public Opinion.


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