New Survey Shows Hispanic Americans Want Abortion Illegal, Confirms Other Polls

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 25, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

New Survey Shows Hispanic Americans Want Abortion Illegal, Confirms Other Polls

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 25
, 2009

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A new survey conducted by a popular Latino social networking web site finds a plurality of Hispanic Americans believe abortions should be illegal. The informal poll confirms others which show a majority of Hispanics do not support abortion, would back limits and want most abortions made illegal.

Asked whether they think abortion should be illegal, 47% of the members of the SusOpinions web site said yes, 38 percent disagreed and 15 percent had no opinion.

SusOpiniones.com is a bilingual market research panel and social community of U.S. Hispanic residents, 18 years or older. Registered members log in daily to express their opinions by taking a daily poll, posting in a forum, and uploading content.

Raimundo Rojas, the Hispanic Outreach Coordinator for the National Right to Life Committee, previously told LifeNews.com that "in this country, we Hispanics bring our morals and our cultural abhorrence for abortion with us when we migrate."

"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. We know and cherish and honor the sanctity of motherhood and of life."

Other polls confirm a majority of Hispanics take a pro-life position.

The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute polled Hispanic immigrants in the Washington metropolitan area in September 2007. The study consisted of 279 one-on-one interviews among immigrants of Hispanic descent.

In total, 83 percent of the Hispanics in the survey oppose abortion CHLI said and, even among liberals, 60% oppose abortion.

More specifically, 52 percent said they strongly opposed abortion and 28 percent said they were somewhat opposed to abortion. Only 15 percent said they support legal abortions.

Conducted by Miami-based Encuesta Inc., an independent market research and opinion polling firm, a November 2006 poll asked both Hispanic and non-Hispanic voters to consider which political issues were important in deciding their vote.

Some 64 percent of Hispanics said abortion was very important while 40 percent of non-Hispanic voters said abortion was important, a difference of 24 percent.

And a January 2006 Zogby poll, sponsored by the Washington-based Latino Coalition, 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.

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

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