by Steven Ertelt
April 27, 2005
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — According to a new poll of the American public, both pro-life activists and abortion advocates strongly support laws that allow parents to be involved when their teenage daughter is considering an abortion. The results of the poll came on the day the House of Representatives approved legislation to enforce state laws on the subject.
Opinion Dynamics Corporation conducted the poll for the Fox News Channel and found that there is strong support for laws that either require abortion facilities to obtain parental consent for an abortion on a minor teen or to, at least, notify them.
Some 78 percent of those polled favor parental notification laws and 72 percent support parental consent laws.
Pro-life respondents strongly favored the proposals with 95 percent backing notification measures and 93 percent favoring parental consent.
Even those polled who favor legalized abortion still say parents should be allowed to know about their daughters’ major medical decisions like an abortion.
Some 64 percent of those who self-identified as favoring abortion back notification laws and 55 percent say parents should be required to approve a minor’s abortion request.
The Opinion Dynamics poll tracks with others that show strong support for parental involvement laws on abortion.
Two-thirds of Florida residents backed a ballot initiative in November allowing the state legislature there to approve a parental notification measure. In Georgia, a recent Atlanta Journal Constitution poll found 60 percent support a bill for parental notification.
A Zogby poll published in June of 2002 indicated 71 percent of California residents surveyed support parental notification.