55% of Louisiana Voters Want All or Almost All Abortions Made Illegal New Poll Shows

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Apr 20, 2016   |   10:51AM   |   Baton Rouge, LA

The results of a new Louisiana poll are an encouraging sign for unborn babies in America.

The poll found that a majority of Louisiana residents believe abortions should be illegal in all or most cases, according to The Times-Picayune. According to the poll, 55 percent of Louisianans said abortion generally should be illegal, while 40 percent want abortion to stay legal in most or all circumstances.

Pollsters with LSU asked residents to choose whether they believe abortion should be: legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in all cases or illegal in most cases, according to the report.

When compared to results from a Pew Research Center for the People and the Press poll, it appears that Louisiana residents are more pro-life than most Americans. The Pew poll found that 57 percent of Americans believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases and 40 percent believe it should be illegal in all or most cases.

But recent Gallup polling found different results. The polling group’s 2015 survey reported a majority of Americans oppose all or most abortions, even though some Americans who technically take a pro-life position opposing abortion wrongly call themselves “pro-choice” on abortion.

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When asked when abortion should be legal, 55 percent of Americans said they oppose all abortions or abortion should only be legal in a “few circumstances,” according to Gallup. These few circumstances typically include cases of rape, incest or danger to the mother’s life. Since those cases constitute, at most, 1-2 percent of all abortion cases, Gallup’s numbers confirm 55 percent of Americans oppose 98 percent or more of the 1.1 million abortions that take place annually in the United States. The same is true for the Louisiana numbers.

The 2015 Gallup poll is consistent with past surveys, such as its 2013 poll showing 58% of Americans opposed all or most abortions. Other polling data confirms that, even when a majority of Americans call themselves “pro-choice” on abortion, they strongly support limits on abortions.

The poll results are good news for Louisiana, where legislators are considering several new pro-life measures, including a 72-hour waiting period between when a woman goes to an abortion clinic for counseling and when she has an abortion.