A new poll showed that 52 percent of respondents described their position on abortion as “pro-choice.”
However, the poll, from the Knights of Columbus, also found that 44 percent of respondents described themselves as “pro-life.” Four percent said they were unsure.
In 2017’s poll, 56 percent said they were “pro-choice” and 39 percent said they were “pro-life.”
“Polling often finds conflicting views on the question, with voters leaning slightly more ‘pro-choice’ than ‘pro-life,’ and relatively widespread anxiety about the prospect of overturning the Court-invented ‘right’ to abortion,” says Guy Benson, political editor for Townhall.com.
Among the other findings in the poll:
- 76 percent believe that legal abortion should be limited to the first trimester, allowed in only rare circumstances or prohibited entirely.
- 50 percent believe abortion should only be allowed in rare circumstances or prohibited entirely.
- 52 percent said abortion “does more harm than good” in the long run
- 29 percent said it “improves a woman’s life”
Also, more than 60 percent of respondents said they were in favor of a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
During the week of the annual March for Life, the House of Representatives is expected to voteon the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, a bill that says if a baby is born after an abortion attempt, the baby should be given the same medical care as a baby born any other way.
“Doctors who fail to provide medical care to newborns will be held criminally accountable,” said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Ca.). “There is absolutely no ambiguity here. This is about protecting babies who are born and alive, and nobody should be against that.”
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Publication date: January 18, 2018