Poll: Most support abortion restrictions
Baptist Press
July 28, 2011

Poll: Most support abortion restrictions

Poll: Most support abortion restrictions
Baptist Press
July 28, 2011

WASHINGTON — An overwhelming majority of U.S. adults support

restrictions on abortion — such as requiring parental consent — that are

commonly implemented on the state level, according to a new Gallup poll.

The poll of 1,020 adults found that:

  • 87 percent support laws requiring doctors to “inform patients about certain

    possible risks of abortion before performing the procedure.”

  • 71 percent back laws requiring those under 18 to obtain parental consent

    before getting an abortion.

  • 69 percent support laws requiring women to wait 24 hours before obtaining an


  • 64 percent support laws making it illegal to perform a partial-birth


    The laws in the four questions found majority support from Republicans,

    Independents and Democrats.

The rest of the poll had good news and bad news for the pro-life community.

While U.S. adults think third-trimester abortions (86-10 percent) and

second-trimester abortions (71-24 percent) should be illegal, they believe

first-trimester abortions should be legal, 62-35 percent. The second-trimester

data is particularly good news for pro-life groups who are in the middle of a

major push to pass state laws prohibiting abortion at 20 weeks on the basis

that the unborn child feels pain.

Gallup found less support and even

opposition when asking about three other specific laws.

By a 50-46 percent margin, U.S.

adults support laws that would require a woman seeking an abortion to be shown

an ultrasound. Yet adults (51-46) oppose laws that would allow pharmacists and

health providers to opt out of “providing medicine or surgical procedures that

result in abortion.” Adults (57-40) also oppose laws “prohibiting health

clinics that provide abortion services from receiving any federal funds.” That

latter question references moves by some states — and even Congress — to

prohibit money going to Planned Parenthood. LifeNews.com theorized that the

question was “worded in a way that might make respondents concerned about

hospitals losing federal funding — which is not normally the case under such


The poll was conducted July 15-17.

(EDITOR’S NOTE — Compiled by Michael Foust, associate editor of Baptist Press.)

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