NARAL Cites Flawed Poll to Claim Most Women Back Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 12, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 12, 2005

Washington, DC ( — In advance of the 32nd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion, leading abortion advocacy group NARAL is asking its members to contact President Bush and tell him that most women back abortion. However, the group relies on a flawed poll unrelated to the views of women on the controversial issue to make the claim.

"As he prepares to begin his second term, Bush and his allies are using their trumped up ‘mandate’ to justify their dangerous and divisive anti-choice agenda," NARAL writes in an email to supporters.

"[W]e would like to remind President Bush of just one thing: A majority of Americans supports a woman’s right to choose," the email adds.

Next to the statement is an asterisk that tells the recipient that the claim is based not on a poll of women but on a recent biased Associated Press poll of Americans in general on whether Bush should appoint Supreme Court justices who uphold Roe.

The AP poll was roundly criticized because it included a flawed statement telling respondents that Roe legalized abortion only in the first three months of pregnancy. In reality, the high court’s decision made abortion legal throughout pregnancy.

NARAL may have relied on the flawed AP poll to make its case because recent polls of women’s attitudes on abortion find a majority are pro-life.

A June 2003 poll conducted by the pro-abortion Center for the Advancement of Women found 51% of women took a pro-life position opposing most or all abortions while only 30 percent said it should be generally available.

A September 2003 survey conducted by the Polling Company found 54 percent of women selected one of three different pro-life views opposing all or almost all abortions. Only 39 percent backed abortion.

"Thirty-two years after the two men who founded NARAL sold women abortion as the price to compete with men equally in the workplace, millions of women have paid for legal but lethal abortions with their lives, their health and emotional well-being," Feminists for Life president Serrin Foster told

"While smiling faces may grace their website, abortion is nothing to celebrate," Foster explained. "Women like their former president, Kate Michelman know the gut-wrenching truth of abortion, calling it ‘a bad thing.’"

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