New Poll: Americans Back Abortion Limits by Overwhelming Majorities

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 1, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

New Poll: Americans Back Abortion Limits by Overwhelming Majorities

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 1, 2005

Washington, DC ( — A new poll conducted by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute finds an overwhelming majority of Americans strongly back measures that would place limits on abortion and help women and teenagers.

Some 70 percent of those polled indicated they favored "a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion before the abortion could take place." Only 24 percent opposed the idea, which normally accompanies Right to Know legislation making sure women are told about abortion’s risks and alternatives.

The Quinnipiac poll found 74 percent of the public favors requiring abortion businesses to notify parents before a minor girl can have an abortion. Just 21 percent of those polled oppose protecting teenagers.

Reflecting the strong public opinion in favor of parental notification, the House, in April, approved the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act after a 270-157 vote. The bill makes sure state parental involvement laws are followed by prohibiting anyone but a girls parents from taking her to another state for an abortion.

The poll also found that 76 percent of Americans believe partial-birth abortions should be illegal except when necessary to save the life of the mother. Only 15 percent support the partial-birth abortion procedure.

The Supreme Court will soon be dealing with a national ban on partial-birth abortions signed into law by President Bush.

Abortion advocates and practitioners filed three separate lawsuits seeking to overturn the ban and federal courts have cited a 2000 Supreme Court ruling to overturn the law by saying it lacks a health exception. Medical groups say the three-day long abortion procedure is not necessary to protect a woman’s health.

The Senate, in September, will hold hearings and a vote on John Roberts’ nomination to the Supreme Court. Roberts would replace outgoing pro-abortion Justice Sanda Day O’Connor, the deciding vote in the partial-birth abortion decision. Roberts is expected to become the deciding vote in favor of upholding the ban.

The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute poll was conducted from July 21 through 25 and included telephone interviews with 920 registered voters. The margin of error is 3.2 percent.