Students for Life of America released a new poll, a project of the organization’s Institute for Pro-Life Advancement, evaluating how the newest voters, Millennials and Gen Z (ages 18-34), view some of the cutting-edge policy discussions most timely in the debate over abortion.
This demographic is widely reported as being almost entirely in support of abortion as it is allowed through Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton – through all 9 months, for any reason whatsoever, and sometimes with taxpayer funding.
“As an organization of mostly Millennials and Gen Z, we’ve been frustrated by all the sweeping statements made about our views on the human rights issue of the day. And as the age range most targeted for abortion, the views of Millennials an Gen Z on an industry that has ended the lives of one-quarter of our generation are extremely relevant,” said Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins. “Far from embracing Planned Parenthood and the Democratic Party Line, Millennials and Gen Z have a more nuanced view of abortion that embraces a number of pro-life positions: Limits on abortion and taxpayer funding were supported, Reversing Roe was acceptable; and Voting on abortion policy embraced.
“Asked directly about reversing Roe to return the issue of abortion to the states, more Millennials and Gen Z supported reversing Roe and sending abortion policy to the voters than opposed it, by a margin of 44 % in favor to 36 % opposed and 18 % unsure. The number of respondents opposing Roe and Doe nearly doubled after learning more about what the law allows. This number is extraordinary considering Planned Parenthood claims that Roe is popular and that 77 percent of the American people oppose reversing it, which would simply return the issue of abortion to the states where the people could have a voice and a vote on life-related policy.
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When they learn about what Roe v. Wade actually does, Millennial and Gen Z oppose it. Looking at the big picture, 57 % to 30 % oppose Roe when they learn it allows for abortion through all 9 months. This is an increase of 6 percent, as a 2019 SFLA poll found that 51 % supported reversing Roe when they learned about its extremism.
“Millennials and Gen Z were also supportive of the free speech rights of their pro-life fellow students and of requiring examinations before and after the sale and use of dangerous Chemical Abortion Pills. They opposed the ‘No Test’ protocol for Chemical Abortion allowing on-line sales of the life-ending drugs to stop abusers from getting the pills anonymously to slip to women without their knowledge and consent. Issue by issue, the perspectives of young American voters targeted for abortion are very different from the talking points of the powerful abortion lobby, and there is common ground for those who want to find it.”
·Almost 7 out of 10 Millennials and Gen Z want to vote on abortion-related policy.
·Less than 2 out of 10 want unlimited abortion through all 9 months, for any reason at all and sometimes with taxpayer funding, which Roe allows.
·More than 7 out of 10 support limits on abortion.
· The Hyde Amendment and Mexico City policy have support. Millennial and Gen Z taxpayers do not want their money used to pay for abortions, whether in the US (48%) or worldwide (53%).
·6 in 10 believe schools should protect students’ free speech rights.
·Almost HALF supported banning abortion after a heartbeat detected.
·By a margin of 55 % to 25 %, Millennials and Gen Z supported requiring in-person purchase of deadly Chemical Abortion Pills to prevent Abusers from anonymously buying them on-line to slip to women without their consent.
·Millennials and Gen Z, by a margin of 57 % to 30 %, oppose Roe when they learn it allows for abortion through all 9 months.
This online quantitative research was conducted by The Polling Company between January 7 – 11, 2021 among 800 registered voters age 18 – 34. Respondents self-identified themselves as 30% Republican, 36% Democrat, and 34% Independent. Margin of error: ± 3.46%