Communications Department

Recent Polls Show Pro-Abortion Congress Out of Step with the American Public, Turning Deaf Ear to Public Opinion

Oct 1, 2009 | 2009 Press Releases

WASHINGTON – A new poll released today by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press and the Pew Forum on Religion and Life finds that more Americans are revealing that they are opposed to most or all abortions.  The poll found that 45% of American’s oppose abortion in most or all cases, up 4% from last year.

“These results are unsurprising and track with earlier polling, including Gallup, and, most recently, a poll conducted by Rasmussen indicating that the majority of Americans are opposed to funding abortions in the healthcare bill,” said David N. O’Steen, Ph.D., executive director of the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC).

Despite consistent polling demonstrating that Americans don’t want government funding of abortions, pro-abortion Democrats in Congress have voted down pro-life amendments seeking to remove abortion funding in the healthcare bills currently working their way through the House and the Senate.  

Added O’Steen, “Just as the country is becoming more and more pro-life, the pro-abortion Democratic Congressional leadership is pushing to remake the entire American healthcare system in a way that would provide massive funding for abortion. Clearly, that is not what Americans want.”

In a Rasmussen poll conducted in September, they found that 48% of Americans want abortion coverage prohibited in government-subsidized plans, compared to only 13% who would want it to be required. Results from a Public Opinion Strategies poll also found a majority opposing the government-funding of abortions in the healthcare bill.

“Bills currently advancing in Congress would establish direct federal funding of elective abortion, and tax subsidies for private insurance that covers elective abortions — both drastic breaks from longstanding federal policy,” said Douglas Johnson, Federal Legislation director for the National Right to Life Committee. “The proposed new pro-abortion programs are badly out of sync with public opinion, which is why Congressional Democratic leaders and President Obama are trying to smuggle them into law behind smokescreens of contrived language and outright misrepresentations.”

The National Right to Life Committee, the nation’s largest pro-life group, is a federation of affiliates in all 50 states and 3,000 local chapters nationwide.