Poll: Hispanics Strongly Pro-Life, Support Parental Consent on Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 6, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
January 6, 2006

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Another national poll has confirmed what others have already shown: Hispanics in the United States are overwhelmingly pro-life. The poll also found that a large percentage of Latinos favor laws requiring parents to give their permission before a minor can have an abortion.

Sponsored by the Washington-based Latino Coalition, the poll found 57 percent of Hispanics described themselves as "pro-life" while just 27 percent called themselves "pro-choice." Some 15 percent said they weren’t sure where they stood on the issue of abortion.

When it comes to requiring teens to get their parents’ permission for an abortion, 57 percent of Hispanics said they favor that kind of requirement. Of those, 49 percent strongly favor parental consent and 8 percent favor it.

Some 36 percent said they opposed the idea with 4 percent somewhat opposing it and 31 percent strongly opposing it.

Eight percent of Latinos didn’t have a position on parental consent for teen abortions.

"In this country, as is evidenced by the Zogby poll, we Hispanics bring our morals and our cultural abhorrence for abortion with us when we migrate," Raimundo Rojas, the Hispanic Outreach Coordinator for the National Right to Life Committee, told LifeNews.com

Though some Hispanic political groups back abortion, "the vast majority of us know what’s right," Rojas explained

"We know that every child has a place en nuestras casas y nuestras familias — our homes and families," Rojas said. "We know and cherish and honor the sanctity of motherhood and of life."

Previous polls have shown Hispanics to be strongly pro-life and President Bush’s pro-life views helped him secure a larger percentage of the Hispanic vote in the 2004 elections.

In April 2004, a Zogby International poll found Hispanics support a pro-life position by a 78-21 percentage margin.

An overwhelming 40% of all Hispanics say abortion should never be legal, according to the Zogby survey. Others taking a pro-life view say abortion should be illegal except when the life of the mother is in danger (11%) or illegal except in rare instances when the woman is a victim of rape or incest (27%).

Only 21 percent took a position in favor of legal abortions and only 15 percent of Hispanic Americans say abortion should be legal throughout pregnancy. The rest favor prohibiting abortion in the later stages of pregnancy.

Related web sites:
Hispanic Americans for Life – https://www.nrlc.org/HAL