Majority of Americans want new legislation protecting unborn babies, wide-ranging poll reveals

The majority of Americans want to protect unborn babies from abortion after the first three months of pregnancy, a new poll has found. 

The new Marist Poll, shows seven in ten Americans want to protect unborn babies from abortion after the first three months of pregnancy. Nearly half (47%) of respondents who identify as ‘pro-choice’ agreed. 

Additionally, the survey found that almost two-thirds of Americans (65%) say they “are more likely to vote for” candidates who would protect unborn babies from abortion after the first three months of pregnancy. This includes more than four in 10 (44%) people who identify as Democrat voters – despite the party trying to introduce abortion up to birth in some US states. 

A new Gallup poll, released this week, also found a record number of Americans are unhappy with the nation’s abortion laws – a shift mostly caused by growing dissatisfaction among Democrats. 

Additionally, six in ten Americans oppose the use of tax dollars for abortion in the US, while an overwhelming three-quarters of Americans oppose funding overseas abortion. 

The January 2020 poll finds that, by a margin of more than five to one (80% to 14%), Americans say that laws can protect both a mother and her unborn child. 

By more than 10 percentage points (52% to 41%), a majority of Americans, believe that women should be required to have an ultrasound prior to having an abortion.

The results of the polling were released ahead of the 47th annual March for Life in Washington DC, which attracted hundreds of thousands of pro-life marchers yesterday. 

Yesterday, President Trump became the first-ever president in history to speak at the march.

The results echoes what we see in the UK where polling, from Savanta ComRes on whether time limits for abortion should be increased showed only 1% of women wanted the abortion time limit to be increased right through to birth. In contrast, 70% of women who favoured a reduction in time limits.

Similarly, to the US, there seems to be a growing dissatisfaction among voters towards candidates more likely to vote for abortion policies. Analysis, conducted by Right To Life UK, shows the current number of pro-life MPs has increased while the pro-abortion lobby has lost a large number of MPs.

Catherine Robinson, a spokesperson for Right To Life UK said: 

“Surveys like these show the limitations and illusion of the ‘pro-choice’ label and how misleading it can be. Polling consistently shows a significant number of people who identify as pro-choice also support a variety of pro-life positions.

“Pro-abortion activists, around the world, often conflate the pro-choice label to claim support for a whole host of extreme abortion measures that in reality very few people want to see. We see this in the UK with Marie Stopes International, BPAS and other activist groups aiming to hoodwink the general public and lawmakers in their push for more extreme abortion laws. 

“However, in the UK, over 70% of women want the abortion limit to be reduced to 20 weeks or lower. Only 1% of the population want abortion to be available up to birth.”

41% of Londoners oppose abortion in almost all circumstances

Polling from earlier this year shows that over 41% of Londoners believe abortion should be illegal in almost all circumstances.

In a social attitudes survey in April this year a sample of over 10,000 people were asked whether they agree or disagree with the following statement:

“I believe that abortion should be illegal except in exceptional circumstances (i.e. when the mother’s health is at risk).”

41.3% of people from London surveyed said they agreed with this statement. This is more than 10% higher than the nation as a whole of which 31% agreed with the statement.

Of the age brackets surveyed, almost 40% of 18-34 year olds agreed with the statement, making them the age group with the largest percenage of people who are generally opposed to abortion.

Over 55s in Britain were least likely to agree with this statement, with less than 25% agreeing with the proposition.

Spokesperson for Right To Life UK said:

“To put this poll in perspective, 41.3% of Londoners is over 3.5 million in London alone that take a strong position on abortion. This means that there a very large core base of support for the pro-life cause in London. 

ComRes polling from 2017 showed 60% of people want the time limit for abortion to be reduced to below 20 weeks. This polling reveals further that over half of that number want abortion to be almost completely illegal.”

“Interestingly as well, the polling shows that younger generations are significantly more opposed to abortion than older generations. In which case, as time goes on, Britain should become more sympathetic to the pro-life view which recognises that the lives of both the mother and her child are important.”

Two-thirds Tory Councillors oppose Gov move to force abortion on Norther Ireland

New polling has revealed that two-thirds of Conservative councillors (67%) support abortion remaining a devolved matter for Northern Ireland, and believe that it should be up to politicians in Northern Ireland to decide whether to change the law on this issue. 

The ComRes poll is thought to be broadly representative of voting sentiment among grassroots Conservatives and indicates that there is very little support from Conservative party members to impose abortion on Northern Ireland from Westminster. 

The poll also showed the highest support for respecting devolution on this issue from the devolved regions (Wales and Scotland), with 86% supporting abortion being a devolved matter for politicians in Northern Ireland to decide.

The poll comes as Theresa May’s Government faces a major backlash from Northern Ireland against the Government’s plan to redraft the abortion clause in the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill to introduce an extreme change to abortion law, likely ushering into Northern Ireland the most extreme abortion law in Europe. 

This move appears to signal an end to the Conservative Party’s long-standing neutral policy in regard to abortion. It also appears to be a departure from the Government’s position on respecting devolution.

The polling also reflects sentiment among the public in Northern Ireland with previous polling showing that a strong majority of women (66%) reject interference from Westminster on this sensitive issue, agreeing that this was a decision for Northern Ireland. The strongest support among age groups surveyed came from the youngest age group, 18-34 year olds, with 70% agreeing that they did not want abortion law imposed on Northern Ireland from Westminster.

Clare McCarthy from Right To Life said:

“The new polling clearly shows that the Government scrapping their long-held position of neutrality on abortion and drafting secondary legislation to impose abortion on Northern Ireland will be very unpopular among the Conservative Party membership. This shows that there is very strong support for respecting devolution and that any changes in Northern Ireland’s abortion laws should be made in Northern Ireland, not imposed by Westminster. 

“Moreover, this polling echoes previous polling of Northern Irish people, with two-thirds of women rejecting interference from Westminster, believing that this is a decision for Northern Ireland.

“It is a reminder to the Government in Westminster that abortion remains a devolved issue in Northern Ireland. They have no mandate from the people of Northern Ireland to make any changes to Northern Ireland’s laws on abortion and all laws and policy regarding that issue should be decided by the people of Northern Ireland through their elected representatives.”

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