Interim Staff

Two recent polls indicate that Americans in general favour specific pro-life measures and that women are becoming more pro-life.

In a national poll, the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute found that 70 per cent of repsondents favored “a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion before the abortion could take place,” compared to just 24 per cent opposed the idea. It also found that 74 per cent of respondents favour parental notification laws, with just 21 per cent opposed.

Quinnipiac also found that 76 per cent of Americans believe partial-birth abortions should be illegal except when necessary to save the life of the mother, with only 15 per cent supporting the procedure.

A CBS/New York Times poll of 18-29 year olds found that only 28 per cent per cent of women in that age group said abortion should be “available to anyone who wants it,” a significant drop from 2003 when 35 per cent of such women agreed with the statement and a dramatic drop since 1993 when 49 per cent agreed.

Also, four in ten respondents said abortion should be “available, but with stricter limits” while 30 per cent said abortion should be illegal.

These findings betray the notion that women are pro-abortion.