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Five takeaways from “Americans’ Opinions on Abortion”

by | Jan 17, 2018

By Dave Andrusko

The Knights of Columbus annual survey of abortion opinion, conducted by the Marist Poll, always presents a delightful dilemma. The questions asked are so enlightening, you want to analyze each set of responses in depth.

But in lieu of writing a 4,000 word post, I am linking to the full results and highlighting five of the many fascinating takeaways.

#1. A total of exactly 50% of the American public believes abortion should be strictly limited to cases of rape, incest, or life of the mother (30%); or only to save the life of the mother (12%); or “not permitted under any circumstances” (8%). Another 26% would permit abortion only in the first three months of pregnancy.

Roe made possible abortion on demand throughout pregnancy. Just 12% of Americans believe abortion should be “Available to a woman any time during her entire pregnancy.”

#2. One of NRLC’s highest priorities is the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act which would not allow babies to be aborted at 20 weeks, the juncture at which medical science demonstrates the unborn child can feel pain as she is torn to pieces.

The KOC asked about “banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy except to save the life of the mother.”

Almost two-thirds (63%) would ban abortions at this stage while only 33% would support allowing such abortions—virtually a 2-1margin.

#3. What about you and me paying for abortion? Sixty percent “oppose using tax dollars to pay for a woman’s abortion.” This is a constant in abortion polling, which is why pro-abortionists have tried to come with a line of questions that shows the public would pay for elective abortion. They’ve failed because this resistance is foundational.

#4. Is abortion an either/or proposition? This is always my favorite question. Here’s the exact wording:

Which statement comes closer to your view: One, it is possible to have laws which protect both the health and well-being of a woman and the life of the unborn; or two, it is necessary for laws to choose to protect one and not the other?

A whopping 78% say laws can protect them both!


#5. One of the great moves of the Trump administration in its first year is that President Trump is firmly on the side of the free exercise of religion and conscience, alien concepts to pro-abortionists. The Knights’ poll asked

Do you think doctors, nurses, or organizations who have moral objections to abortion should or should not be legally required to perform or provide insurance coverage for abortions?

54% believe they should not be compelled as compared to 38% who believe they should be compelled–a 16 point margin.

Americans’ Opinions on abortion” is a great read. You will come away confident that that the American public is on our side, most particularly in believing (as we do) that we can “love them both.”

Categories: Abortion Polling