Majority of Americans Backed Supreme Court’s Partial-Birth Abortion Ruling

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 28, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 28,

Washington, DC ( — A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that a majority of Americans backed the Supreme Court’s decision earlier this year to uphold a national ban on partial-birth abortions. The poll is consistent with other surveys showing Americans strongly opposing the gruesome abortion procedure.

While abortion advocates frequently paint the high court’s decision as out of step with the American public, the poll shows it is pro-abortion groups who don’t represent most people.

The poll found that 55 percent of Americans agreed with the decision upholding the national partial-birth abortion ban.

The survey found that a majority of both men and women favored the decision.

The results of the survey show Americans back the partial-birth abortion ban but the results are outside the typical 60-80 percent found in most survey who oppose the three-day-long abortion procedure and want it banned.

A May Gallup survey used an inaccurate question referring to the procedure as a late-term one used in the last months of pregnancy. Still, it found that 72 percent of Americans said they supported the ruling while just 22 percent said they wanted the abortions to remain legal.

A poll conducted by Opinion Research Corporation for CNN, also done in May, found 66 percent think "government should make this procedure illegal" while just 28 percent favor keeping partial-birth abortions legal.

And an early May poll done by the Hart/Newhouse polling firm for the Wall St. Journal found similar results. Some 53 percent of those polled agreed with the ruling in the case while just 34 percent were opposed to it.