Poll Shows Most Americans Don’t Think Abortion is a Constitutional Right, Want Abortion Limits

National   Steven Ertelt   Nov 19, 2019   |   10:20AM    Washington, DC

A new poll released today finds more than 70% of Americans support more limits on abortion and less than 40% think abortion is a right that is protected by the Constitution.

Just weeks after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to take up Louisiana abortion case June Medical Services, LLC v. Gee Americans United for Life, in partnership with YouGov, has conducted a poll to gauge American’s attitudes towards abortion and women’s healthcare. This poll highlights that Americans support limitations on abortion and believe that abortionists should be required to transfer women experiencing abortion complications directly to a hospital or emergency room.

The poll surveyed 1,326 Americans adults about their attitudes on abortion. The survey took place over a three day span from October 25-October 28, three weeks after the Supreme Court’s decision to take up Louisiana abortion case, June Medical Services, LLC v. Gee. The Louisiana law requires abortionists to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of where they do abortions so women can receive emergency medical care when they’re injured by abortions.

Among the survey’s key findings:

  • A vast majority of Americans (78.2%) believe that abortionists should be required to transfer women who experience complications directly to the emergency room;

  • 70% agree that abortion facilities should be held to the same medical standards as any ordinary hospital;

  • 73.8% support states being able to pass safeguards that ensure abortion facilities are in compliance with basic medical practices and sanitation;

  • Three out of four Americans agree that abortionists should be held to the same medical standards as legitimate physicians; and

  • Of those surveyed, 43.3% were self-identified pro-choice, 35.5% were pro-life, and 23.9% were neither.

  • Only 39% of those surveyed agree that abortion is a fundamental right granted by the Constitution.

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“This survey highlights that Americans, regardless of their personal views on abortion, stand with us in our fight to protect a woman’s right to health care and emergency medical attention,” stated AUL President and CEO Catherine Glenn Foster in response to YouGov’s findings. “Women deserve the same standard of care no matter who their doctor is. Continued efforts by elected officials and political institutions to limit protections and safeguards for women are out of step with core American values.”