After hundreds of thousands participated in the March for Life, while President Obama celebrated abortion on the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a new poll commissioned by the Knights of Columbus revealed that a whopping 79 percent of Americans are in favor of significantly restricting access to abortion. The numbers, largely unchanged from two years ago, also showed that more than half of Americans take what is considered by many activists to be a pro-life position.
According to the survey, conducted by Marist, virtually eight out of ten Americans said they would not allow abortion after the first trimester of pregnancy — the first three months. Currently abortion is legal across the U.S. until the third trimester after the Supreme Court struck down restrictions in 1973 in its landmark Roe v. Wade ruling.
The poll also found that more than half of Americans — 51 percent — would either ban abortion completely or allow it only in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. Such a policy would prohibit nearly all abortions that occur in the U.S. today, according to studies showing that some 98 percent of terminated pregnancies are ended for others reason.
The survey, which included responses from over 1,000 people in the continental U.S. with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points, revealed that about 84 percent of Americans believe the law can protect both the lives of unborn children and the health and lives of mothers. The figure was slightly higher than two years ago, the pro-life Catholic organization explained.
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Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus (photo)