New Poll: Americans Oppose Abortion on Demand, Reject Killing Babies “for Any Reason”

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 6, 2022   |   12:15PM   |   Washington, DC

For decades, Americans have opposed abortion on demand and a new Economist/YouGov poll shows this continues to be the case following the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

While a majority of Americans may support abortion in very rare cases, such as rape or when the life of the mother is threatened, there is little support for abortions for “any reason.” Yet that’s the status of abortion in many states.

The new survey, conducted June 25-28 with 1,497 respondents, shows Americans reject abortion on demand by a 49-36% margin. While men strongly rejected abortions for any reason (57-30%) even a slight majority of women reject abortion on demand (43-42%).

The new Economist/YouGov poll shows that while black Americans support legalized abortion for any reason (48-27% for abortion) Hispanics do not (51-41% against abortion).

Opposition to abortion on demand came across all age categories, with people over 65 opposing it by the largest margin (59-32%) but even younger Americans 18-29 opposed abortions for any reason at a 44-40% clip). Opposition to unlimited abortions is strongest in the South but weakest in the West and Midwest — though people living in those areas oppose abortions for any reason.

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Not surprisingly, Republicans and Trump supporters are strongly against abortion on demand (80-10% and 79-11% respectively) while Biden supporters and Democrats support abortion on demand. But the polling data makes it clear that more Democrats and Biden supporters oppose unlimited abortions (about 25%) than Trump supporters and Republicans support abortion without limits (about 10%).

The poll also shows Americans in all areas of the country oppose unlimited abortions — while people who live in rural areas oppose it the most and people in cities oppose it the least.

Polls show Americans are pro-life on abortion and a new national poll shows 75% of Americans essentially agree with the Supreme Court overturning Roe.

The poll also found 20% would ban abortion entirely and 38% would ban killing babies in aboritons after 6 weeks. Meanwhile, two-thirds of Americans reject late-term abortions.

As LifeNews reported, the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, with a 6-3 majority ruling in the Dobbs case that “The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion” — allowing states to ban abortions and protect unborn babies. The high court also ruled 6-3 uphold the Mississippi 15-week abortion ban so states can further limit abortions and to get rid of the false viability standard.

Chief Justice John Roberts technically voted for the judgment but, in his concurring opinion, disagreed with the reasoning and said he wanted to keep abortions legal but with a new standard.

Texas and Oklahoma had banned abortions before Roe was overturned and Missouri became the first state after Roe to protect babies from abortions and South Dakota became the 2nd. Then Arkansas became the third state protecting babies from abortions and Kentucky became the 4th and Louisiana became the 5th and Ohio became the 6th and Utah became the 7th and Oklahoma became the 8th and Alabama became the 9th. This week, Mississippi became the 10th and South Carolina became the 11th,Texas became the 12th with its pre-Roe law and Tennessee became the 13th.

Michigan, Wisconsin and West Virginia have old pro-life laws on the books but there is question about whether they are applicable and will be enforced.

Ultimately, as many as 26 states could immediately or quickly ban abortions and protect babies from certain death for the first time in nearly 50 years.

The 13 total states with trigger laws that would effectively ban all or most abortions are: Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.

“Abortion presents a profound moral question. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives,” Alito wrote.

“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences,” Alito wrote. “And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.”

This is a landmark day for the Pro-Life movement and our entire nation. After staining the moral fabric of our country for nearly 50 years, Roe v. Wade is no more.

Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer authored a joint dissent condemning the decision as enabling states to enact “draconian” restrictions on women.