Glamour Magazine Says Most People Support Abortion, But Polls Show Americans are Pro-Life

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Aug 14, 2020   |   4:11PM   |   Washington, DC

Women’s magazines keep publishing pro-abortion propaganda pieces that mislead readers with claims that it’s acceptable and good to kill unborn babies in abortions.

The latest attempt at pushing abortion came from Ilyse Hogue, the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, which supports abortions without restrictions and wants to force taxpayers to pay for them.

In a column at Glamour Magazine, Hogue claimed most Americans support abortion, and pro-lifers are really just a small group of “Radical Right and GOP” leaders who are using the issue for political gain.

“In political conversations about abortion in the U.S., one critical fact is far too consistently ignored: the overwhelming majority of Americans support—and always have supported—maintaining the legal right to abortion,” Hogue wrote.

Citing an unnamed poll, she claimed that support for abortion is at an all-time high of 77%. Later, she threw out other polls and statistics (without citing any specific sources) claiming more than 7 in 10 Americans support legal access to abortion and only 9% of voters believe abortions should be completely illegal.

“Protecting reproductive freedom is a winning issue with the American public. So why are we in the midst of an all-out assault on reproductive freedom?” she asked.

Hogue would have readers believe it is because a small group of powerful, privileged men just want to control women – and they’re attempting it by “wrapping themselves in ostensibly Christian virtue.”

She continued by reiterating the tired old claim that pro-lifers do not really care about women or babies, writing, “… ask what they’re doing to combat America’s maternal mortality problem. Ask how they will help women who need to support their children. Ask about the uninsured kids, the lack of access to education, to food security, and to job opportunity.”

“They are often not asked about or held accountable for policies they propose, much less those that spring from their infrastructures and founding philosophy,” Hogue argued.

But Hogue’s accusations against pro-lifers better fit her own pro-abortion movement, which pushes abortion on demand, backed by the richest old white men in the country. Far from being “pro-choice,” most abortion advocacy groups advocate for only one choice: abortion, and do nothing to help feed children, reduce maternal mortality, help people find jobs or offer assistance to families in need. Pro-lifers do all those things through pregnancy resource centers and other charities.

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Hogue is wrong about Americans’ support for abortion, too. Polls consistently show that Americans oppose abortion-on-demand and want laws that protect unborn babies.

A 2019 Harvard CAPS/Harris poll found that just 6% of Americans said abortions should be allowed up until the birth of the child, while only 8% said they should be permitted up to the third trimester.

A 2019 Hill-HarrisX survey found that 55% of voters said they do not think laws banning abortions after six weeks – when an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable – are too restrictive. NARAL vehemently opposes heartbeat legislation, as do Democratic Party leaders.

Gallup polls show consistent support for pro-life laws as well. In a July poll, Gallup found 55% of Americans take a pro-life position on abortion wanting all (21%) or almost all 39% abortions made illegal. The poll found just 43% of Americans take a pro-abortion position wanting all (29%) or almost all (14%) abortions legal.

Even more evidence contradicting Hogue’s claims comes from CBS News and Marist University.

A June CBS News poll found the majority of Americans oppose killing unborn babies in abortions or want more limits on abortion. The poll found just 43% of Americans think abortions should be generally available while 55% of Americans say it should either be more limited or should not be permitted altogether.

A Marist poll from January found six in 10 Americans (62%) say that if the Supreme Court revisits Roe v. Wade, it should allow states to determine restrictions (46%) or make abortion illegal (16%). Only 33% of Americans say Roe v. Wade should be interpreted to allow for legal abortion any time without restriction.

On the issue of taxpayer-funded elective abortions, Americans also strongly opposed. Recent polls from Marist and Harvard University show that a majority of Americans oppose taxpayer-funded abortions – but Hogue and NARAL are lobbying for them anyway.

Hogue may want to believe Americans are on her side, but she is wrong. Most Americans recognize that abortion is a difficult moral issue because it involves the life of a child in the womb – a valuable human being who deserves to be protected.