Record Number of Americans Think Killing Babies in Abortions is “Morally Acceptable”

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 9, 2021   |   11:30AM   |   Washington, DC

A new Gallup poll shows a majority of Americans take a pro-life position opposing all or most abortions, but the poll also contains concerning news about Americans and their attitude about killing babies in abortions. The survey finds a record number of Americans say ending he lives of unborn children in abortions is “morally acceptable.”

As LifeNews reported today, Gallup has released new National polling data on the issue of abortion and the results show continued pro-life sentiment across the Untied States as a majority of people say they oppose all or most abortions as Americans have said for years.

Gallup found 52% of Americans take a pro-life position on abortion wanting all (19%) or almost all 33% abortions made illegal. The poll found just 45% of Americans take a pro-abortion position wanting all (32%) or almost all (13%) abortions legal.

But 47% percent of Americans find abortion acceptable, while 46% think abortion is wrong from a moral perspective, the poll found. The percentage of Americans who find abortion acceptable increased two points, the highest level of support Gallup has found since it began tracking the matter two decades ago.

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Although the two stats appear inconsistent — that 52% of Americans want all or most abortions made illegal but 47% say abortion is morally okay — the figures make sense when considering that some of the percentage of people who want almost all abortions made illegal still find abortion morally permissible in rare circumstances, such as when the mother’s life is in danger or in cases of rape or incest. Gallup did not poll further to determine if Americans find the vast majority of abortions, which are done for reasons for birth control, morally acceptable.

The poll found that Democrats (64%) and independent voters (51%) have grown more likely to say that abortion is morally acceptable. Twenty-six percent of Republicans polled find abortion morally acceptable.

Most Democrats have expressed the belief that abortion is morally acceptable every year that Gallup has been polling since 2004, Gallup noted, but no more than 31% of Republicans and 51% of independents have held the view that abortion is morally acceptable since 2001.

Looking further at when abortions should be legal, according to Gallup, 77% of Republicans want all or most abortions made illegal and 50% of independents and 30% of Democrats agree. Just 23% of Republicans want all or most abortions to remain legal and just 46% of independents agree as do most Democrats.

The Gallup poll tracks with other recent polls showing a pro-life majority on abortion.

A January 2021 Marist Poll found a majority of Americans are pro-life and oppose all or virtually all abortions that take place in America today.

When asked, 51% of Americans take a pro-life position with 12% of Americans say abortion should never be permitted under any circumstance, 11% of Americans say abortions should only be permitted to save the life of the mother and 28% of Americans take a pro-life position opposing 98% of abortions except in cases of rape or incest or if necessary to save the life of the mother.

A new CBS News poll shows the majority of Americans oppose killing unborn babies in abortions or say they want more limits on abortion, which virtually unlimited in many states. 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.

Another January 2020 poll, from Gallup, found a majority of Americans are dissatisfied with current laws allowing abortion on demand.

“Fifty-eight percent of Americans say they are dissatisfied with the nation’s policies on abortion, marking a seven-percentage-point increase from one year ago and a new high in Gallup’s trend,” it reported.

In the spring of 2019, a Hill-HarrisX survey found that 55 percent of voters said they do not think heartbeat laws are too restrictive – even though they would ban almost all abortions, according to The Hill.

Similarly, a Harvard CAPS/Harris poll found that just 6 percent of Americans said abortions should be allowed “up until the birth of the child.”

And in the winter, Marist University research found that just 13 percent of Americans support abortion at any time during pregnancy. In contrast, 58 percent said they would like abortions to be allowed, at most, in cases of rape, incest and risks to the mother’s life, and an additional 22 percent would limit abortions to the first trimester. That is a full 80 percent of Americans who disagree with abortion activists’ agenda.

Meanwhile, another 2019 abortion poll found 58% of Americans want all or almost all abortions made illegal.

A poll conducted by the Morning Consult research firm finds most Americans want abortions to be made illegal either in all cases or in very rare cases such as rape or incest or win the pregnancy directly threatens the life of the mother. Those cases constitute less than 2 or 3% of all abortions, meaning that most Americans support making virtually all abortions illegal.

In 1973, the Supreme Court handed down the Roe v. Wade and Dole v. Bolton decisions that effectively took the decision-making process from states on abortion law and put it in the hands of 9 unelected judges. The decisions allowed virtually unlimited abortions and prohibited states from protecting unborn children from abortion except in the latter stages of pregnancy.