New Knights of Columbus poll find strong support for limitations on abortion and opposition to taxpayer funding of abortion

By Dave Andrusko

A new Knights of Columbus/Marist Poll shows once again that a majority of Americans support legal limits on abortion, oppose taxpayer funding of abortion, are against laws/regulation which allow women to obtain abortion pills through the mail without seeing a medical professional, and want abortion returned to the states or made illegal when the Supreme Court “reconsider Roe v. Wade.”

That basically 2-1 (63% to 33%] opposition to sending abortion pills through the mail is crucial. Upwards of half of all abortions are chemically-induced and so-called “DIY” abortions are very dangerous.

Likewise on what to do after Roe. Here’s the question:

Which comes closest to your view of what the Supreme Court should do when it reconsiders Roe vs Wade, the 1973 ruling making abortion legal in the United States: It should…

A total of 61% said the Supreme Court should “allow certain restrictions on abortion as determined by each state “(44%) or abortion should be “made illegal” (17%).

The survey also show that the public overwhelming believes medical professionals with religious objections should not be legally required to perform abortions (75%] and that it is possible to have laws which protect both the health and well being of a woman and the life of the unborn (81%).

The poll takes on added significance because the Supreme Court will hand down a decision this summer on a Mississippi abortion law that protects unborn children after 15 weeks.

The poll of1,004 adults finds that a total of 71% of respondents would allow abortion only during the first three months (22%); only in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother (28%); only to save the life of the mother (9%); abortion should never be permitted under any circumstance (12%). A total of 49% self-identified Democrats fell into one of these four categories.

54% oppose using tax dollars to pay for a woman’s abortion and an overwhelming 73% oppose using tax dollars to fund abortion services in other countries.

“When it comes to the direction of government policy, there has been consistency and consensus in American public opinion on the issue of abortion over the decades,” explained Dr. Barbara Carvalho, director of the Marist Poll.

“As we await a decision in the Supreme Court case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, our polling continues to show that over 60% of Americans reject the central holding of Roe v. Wade, and want to return the decision to the states or make abortion illegal,” said Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly. “Roe v. Wade was wrong when it was decided, and its legacy is the tragic destruction of more than 60 million unborn lives and countless wounded women. The time has come for America to turn the page on Roe.”

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