By Dave Andrusko
Editor’s note. My family and I will be on vacation through September 6. I will occasionally add new items but for the most part we will repost “the best of the best” — the stories our readers have told us they especially liked over the last five months. This first ran July 25.
As we’ve discussed before the Marist Institute for Public Opinion Polls conducted for the Knights of Columbus are very interesting because they ask a lot of questions that no other survey does. But for today let’s look at the bottom line public policy numbers that come out of a survey of 1,009 adults conducted July 5-12.
In the fertile pro-death mind of the Democratic Party, the newest explicit target is ending the Hyde Amendment, a funding restriction on the use of taxpayer money that has saved well over 1 million lives. Remember: for Democrats, never enough abortions, for any reason or no reason, at home and abroad, and as late in pregnancy as a woman desires.
A whopping 62% oppose taxpayer funding for abortion. Notice that even 44% of Democrats agree as do 65% of American Africans and 61% of Latinos a d 45% of self-identified pro-choicers.
Also, the Democrat Party has taken dead aim on the conscience rights of Americans. So not only does Hillary Clinton you to pay for abortions, she wants medical personell to be forced to participate, directly or indirectly, in abortion.
But according to the Knights of Columbus summary of the poll
By almost 20 points, a majority of Americans (56 percent to 37 percent) do not believe that healthcare providers should be forced to perform abortions against their conscience or religious beliefs. This includes 6 in 10 Latinos (61 percent) and 4 in 10 who identify as pro-choice (41 percent).
And, as you would expect, the public disagrees with last month’s Supreme Court decision torching two provisions of HB 2, the 2013 pro-life Texas law.
78 percent want abortion clinics to be held to the same standards as other outpatient surgery centers. “About three quarters of those who identify as pro-choice (74 percent) agree, as do strong majorities regardless of party affiliation,” according to the poll.
“In addition, 70 percent of Americans want doctors who perform abortions to be required to have hospital admitting privileges. …Pro-life and pro-choice adherents are also equally likely to support such a requirement at a rate of 7 in 10 for each group (71 percent).
Finally, “The majority of Americans in favor of abortion restrictions has been consistently around 8 in 10 for the better part of a decade, said Barbara Carvalho, director of the Marist Poll. “Though self-identification as pro-life or pro-choice can vary substantially from year to year, the support for restrictions is quite stable.”