Poll Will Show Voters in Pro-Life Democrat Districts Oppose Abortion in Health Care
by Steven Ertelt
March 3, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A major pro-life women’s group plans to release the results of new polling tomorrow showing that residents of Congressional districts represented by pro-life Democrats don’t want abortion funding in health care. The poll is designed to encourage those members of Congress to oppose the Senate bill.
The Susan B. Anthony List poll to be released tomorrow surveyed voters in key districts in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Indiana to weigh the importance of abortion funding prohibitions in the final healthcare bill.
The poll surveyed congressional districts represented by pro-life Democrats who voted for the Stupak Amendment, which prohibited abortion funding in the House version of the bill.
The Senate measure, which President Barack Obama and pro-abortion Democrats plan to push through Congress via reconciliation starting in the House, doesn’t ban abortion funding.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the national pro-life group, says pro-life Democrats, who face pressure from party leadership to back the pro-abortion Senate bill, will be able to learn how their constituents strongly oppose abortion funding in it.
"Votes have consequences and representatives in Congress who ignore the will of their constituents do so at their own peril," Dannenfelser said in a statement LifeNews.com received.
Dannenfelser said the result of the poll will provide a guide for the SBA List as it takes its grassroots campaign to new states to urge voters to ask their lawmakers to vote against the pro-abortion bill.
"These poll results will drive our investment in the next wave of pro-life grassroots mobilization in the Midwest," she said.
The Susan B. Anthony List recently led a nine-city tour of the Midwest, dubbed "Women Speak Out," featuring local pro-life women leaders who told their representatives: "Abortion is not healthcare."
In the surveys, respondents were asked whether they would "be more likely or less likely to vote for the Congressman if he votes for healthcare legislation that includes federal government funding of abortion."
Other polling data of voters nationwide has consistently shown Americans oppose federal funding of abortions under the health care bill.
A January Quinnipiac University poll found 67 percent of Americans oppose funding abortions with government funds under the government-run health care bill pending in Congress. https://www.lifenews.com/nat5880.html
The new survey asked: "Do you support or oppose allowing abortions to be paid for by public funds under a health care reform bill?"
Some 67 percent of respondents said no while just 27 percent sided with President Barack Obama and pro-abortion groups favoring abortion funding.
Prior surveys also show Americans oppose abortion funding in health care.
A November survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life found 55% majority of Americans say that abortion should not be included as a guaranteed medical benefit if the government health care reform plan passes.
That follows a CNN poll showing 61 percent of Americans saying abortion funding should not be included.
Conducted by International Communications Research from September 16-20, another poll showed 67 percent of those surveyed opposed requiring people to pay for abortion coverage through their taxes.
Public Opinion Strategies found 58% of Americans disagree with the statement, If the government is going to make a public health plan available for all Americans it has an obligation to provide abortion services under that plan. Just 38 percent support it.
Related web sites:
Susan B. Anthony List – https://www.sba-list.org
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