By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
If President-elect Barack Obama’s plans to push the pro-abortion agenda to new heights in the coming years, he will be doing so against the will of the American people. Yet another survey, this one commissioned by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), found that only nine percent of the population believes abortion should be legal for any reason at any time during pregnancy.
The survey of 2,341 adults was conducted online from Dec. 10-12. It found that four out of five U.S. adults (82%) think abortion should be either illegal under all circumstances or limited in some way.
“These findings are remarkable,” said Deirdre McQuade, Assistant Director for Policy & Communications at the USCCB’s Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities. “Fewer than one in ten Americans support legal abortion for any reason at any time during pregnancy. But that is precisely the current state of abortion law under Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decisions that made abortion legal throughout the nine months of pregnancy for virtually any reason.”
The survey also found that laws limiting or regulating abortion enjoyed support from 95 percent of those people who expressed support or opposition to the six kinds of laws examined in the survey:
– 95 percent favor laws ensuring that abortions be performed only by licensed physicians
– 88 percent favor informed consent laws (i.e., that require abortion providers to inform women of potential risks to their physical and psychological health and about alternatives to abortion)
– 76 percent favor laws that protect doctors and nurses from being forced to perform or refer for abortions against their will
– 73 percent favor laws that require giving parents the chance to be involved in their minor daughter’s abortion decision
– 68 percent favor laws against partial-birth abortion (i.e., aborting a child already partially delivered from the mother), and
– 63 percent favor laws preventing the use of taxpayer funds for abortions.
“Support for these measures cuts across ‘pro-life’ and ‘pro-choice’ positions,” McQuade said. “Over a third (35%) of the small minority who said abortion should be legal for any reason throughout pregnancy nevertheless supported three or more of the six laws presented.
“This research indicates how out of touch pro-abortion groups are with mainstream America,” she said. “These same widely-supported, constitutionally valid measures, some of which have been proven effective in reducing abortion rates, are now seriously threatened by abortion advocates and their allies in Congress. On behalf of children and their mothers, we will have to fight to keep such laws in place.”
Pro-abortion groups recently sent a comprehensive 55-page agenda to the Obama Administration asking for publicly funded abortion and passage of the radical “Freedom of Choice Act” which will make abortion a “human right” and virtually eliminate every existing legal restriction on the practice.
“Most people agree we should work to reduce abortions, but you can’t reduce abortions by promoting abortion and eliminating all the policies that have proven effective in reducing abortions,” McQuade said. “The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will oppose all such threats to human life in whatever manner they are proposed.”
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