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New Poll Shows Americans Favor Greater Restrictions on Abortion

JNN News, January 17, 2019

A poll conducted this month shows that while a majority of Americans define themselves as generally pro-choice on the issue of abortion, the vast majority also favor wide-ranging restrictions on the right to terminate pregnancy. The poll conducted by Marist and published on Tue. 15 Jan. 2019, surveyed 1,066 adults from 8 Jan. -10 Jan. According to the survey, an absolute majority (55%) of Americans identify as pro-choice. Yet 75% of Americans also say abortion should be banned after the first trimester. Even 60% of Democrats believe abortions after the first trimester should be barred, along with 78% of Independents and 92% of Republicans. Nearly two-thirds (65%) of Americans also believe the Supreme Court should either overturn the Roe vs. Wade ruling or significantly alter its interpretation of the Constitution, allowing either for the outright banning of abortion or for significantly stricter limitations. Americans also are more likely to accept one of the key arguments put forth by opponents of abortion, that a fetus is a unique life, rather than a part of the mother’s body. Only 35% of Americans believe a fetus is “a part of a woman’s body”, while 56% say an unborn child is a “unique life”. Forty-two percent of Americans say life begins at conception, compared to 13% who say it begins at birth. (Arutz-7)

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