New Marist poll demonstrates overwhelming support for abortion limitations, including ban after 20 weeks

Public adamantly opposes taxpayer funded abortions

By Dave Andrusko

Each year as we approach the anniversary of the awful Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions, we can always count on two pieces of good news.

First, the colossal turnout of pro-life America in Washington, DC for the March for Life. Second, the annual Marist Poll taken for the Knights of Columbus which probes dimensions of the abortion issue no other survey even touches.

Today the KOC released the results of its 11th annual survey of American attitudes toward abortion and, as always, the findings are both carefully nuanced and very encouraging. Let me focus on a few of the many findings.

*Pro-abortions insist there is widespread support for abortion. And they do so with a more or less straight face. In fact, as the Marist Poll finds,

Three in four Americans (75 percent) say abortion should be limited to – at most – the first three months of pregnancy. This includes most of those who identify as Republicans (92 percent), independents (78 percent) and Democrats (60 percent). It also includes more than six in 10 (61 percent) who identify as pro-choice.

Note the last four words. 61 percent “who identify as pro-choice.”

*The pro-abortion playbook includes the recycled canard that Americans “support Roe v. Wade” (usually it’s “overwhelmingly support Roe v. Wade”). That’s never been true. The Marist Poll for the KOC asked, “Which comes closest to your view of what the Supreme Court should do when it reconsiders Roe v. Wade the 1973 ruling making abortion legal in the United States?”

65% said

the Court should rule either to allow restrictions as decided by each state (49 percent), or to outlaw abortion (16 percent). Fewer than a third of Americans (30 percent) would want the Court to rule to allow unrestricted abortion.

*Pro-abortion Democrats/PPFA/NARAL tell us that there should be no ban on abortions at 20 weeks, or later. The public overwhelmingly disagrees: 59% would ban abortions after 20 weeks, only 32% oppose the ban.

*My favorite question which, to the best of my knowledge, only shows up the Marist Poll taken for KOC. “Which statement comes closer to your view: One, it is possible to have laws which protect both the health and well-being of the woman and the life of the unborn; or two, it is necessary for laws to chose to protect one and not the other?”

An overwhelming 83% says laws can protect both!

*Pro-abortion members of the House, now controlled by Democrats, already are introducing legislation to make the public pay for abortions, at home and abroad. This has always been wildly unpopular, as the Marist Poll found again:

By a double-digit margin, a majority of all Americans oppose any taxpayer funding of abortion (54 percent to 39 percent).

What about taxpayer funding of abortion overseas?

[T]he survey found that three-quarters (75 percent) of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion abroad, fewer than two in 10 (19 percent) support such funding. Opposition to this funding includes most Republicans (94 percent) and independents (80 percent) and a majority of Democrats (56 percent).

*Then there is the issue of right of conscience, which the Abortion Industry loathes.

By 20 points (55 percent to 35 percent) Americans also believe medical professionals with moral objections should be allowed to opt out of performing abortions.

You can read the entire results here—and you should take the time. To mention just one more result, the survey asked is the “human fetus”

Part of a woman’s body [35%]

A unique life [56%]

Thank you, Knights of Columbus.