Democratic lawmakers made headlines last month for either passing laws or trying to pass laws that allow late-term abortions. However, a new survey reveals that most pro-choice Americans aren't in favor of allowing abortions up until the moment of birth.
You.Gov partnered with Americans United for Life (AUL) to survey 1,145 American adults about their attitudes toward abortion. The survey took place on February 6 and 7, two weeks after New York legalized late-term abortions and one week after Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam suggested babies who survive abortion should only be allowed to live if their mother wants them to.
The poll found:
- 66 percent of pro-choice Americans oppose abortion in the third trimester;
- 77 percent of pro-choice Americans oppose removing medical care for a viable child;
- Most Americans reject abortion the day before a child is born (80 percent), abortion in the third trimester (79 percent), and removing medical care for a viable child after birth (82 percent).
AUL President & CEO Catherine Glenn Foster said the survey reveals that most Americans uphold the sanctity of life inside and outside of the womb.
"This survey vividly reveals both the American people's common-sense appreciation for the sanctity of life and the widespread horror, even among self-identified pro-choice Americans, of new laws like New York's that effectively allow abortion up until the moment of delivery," stated AUL President & CEO Catherine Glenn Foster in response to YouGov's findings.
She also said the survey reveals a significant schism between pro-choice Americans and lawmakers.
"Planned Parenthood and elected officials like Governor Cuomo who support abortions up to the point of birth are out of step with not only their supposed core constituents," said Foster, "but also our country's essential tenets of life, liberty, and the opportunity to pursue happiness."
"It is our hope that the critical information brought to light here will advance the democratic process by inspiring more Americans to hold their representatives and public institutions to account."