A recent poll found that 80% of Americans favor restrictions on abortion. The poll was commissioned by the Knights of Columbus and administered by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion. Forty-four percent of the 1,686 respondents identified as pro-life, compared to 51% who identified as pro-choice.
These survey results were taken from CNS News:
- 81% of Americans, including 82% of women and 66% of pro-choice supporters, would restrict abortion to – at most – the first three months of pregnancy.
- 60% of Americans say abortion is “morally wrong,” including one-third of pro-choice Americans.
- 55% of Americans would say that abortion ultimately does a woman more harm than good; 27% of Americans who identify as pro-choice share this view.
- 61% of Americans, including 62% of those identifying as pro-choice, supported laws that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, except to save the life of the mother.
- 68% of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion. This includes 51% of those who consider themselves pro-choice. Only 29% support it.
- 51% of Americans believe health care providers and organizations should have the right to opt out of providing abortion services if they have moral objections.
- 34% of those who identify as pro-choice would protect the right to opt out.
This Friday, January 22, marks the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a court opinion that has been used to justify abortion at nearly every stage of pregnancy.
The basis for Roe v. Wade is the right to privacy, which the majority of Supreme Court justices in the Roe v. Wade decision found in the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment. Section 1 of the 14th Amendment reads:
“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
From this section of the amendment, justices argued that we have a right to privacy, and from that right, women have a right to an abortion, since it’s a private matter.
Since the landmark decision in 1973, there have been nearly 59 million abortions in the U.S.