by Steven Ertelt
January 23, 2005
Los Angeles, CA (LifeNews.com) — On the day that the infamous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing unlimited abortion turns 32 years-old, the Los Angeles Times released the results of a new poll showing a majority of Americans oppose all or most abortions.
According to the Times poll, 53 percent said they oppose all or most all abortions while just 43 percent said abortion should always or almost always be illegal.
Looking at the pro-life respondents, 12 percent of all surveyed said abortions should always be illegal and 41 percent said they should be illegal with very rare exceptions such as rape, incest or preventing the death of the mother.
Among those surveyed who backed abortion, 24% agreed with groups like NARAL and Planned Parenthood saying abortions ought to always be legal. And 19 percent said abortion should be legal most of the time.
The Los Angeles newspaper also asked whether respondents "believe Bush when he says he will not use an abortion test for his selection."
Some 45 percent of those polled said they believed the president while 50 percent do not and 5 percent don’t know.
While President Bush indicated he would not have a litmus test on abortion, he has also repeatedly said he would appoint judges who would strictly interpret the Constitution and not invent rights in it that do not exist. Such judges would be pro-life or, at minimum, uphold pro-life laws passed by Congress and state legislatures.
According to a NARAL analysis prior to November’s presidential election, Bush appointed pro-life judges 99 percent of the time for various federal court positions.
The Times poll surveyed 1,033 adults from January 15 to 17 and has a 3 percent margin of error.