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Percent of Americans Favor Substantial Abortion Restrictions

Percent of Americans Favor Substantial Abortion Restrictions

The poll surveyed 2,617 adults 18 and older who live in the continental US during December and January, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

A new Marist/Knights of Columbus poll shows Americans are split nearly evenly between those who call themselves "pro-life" or "pro-choice", with 44 percent identifying as the former and 51 percent as the latter. Fifty-one percent of respondents overall called themselves "pro-choice". The poll captured how, in spite of the stark divide between pro-life and pro-choice Americans, there are many points of consensus on the issue of abortion.

Bethany Janzen of Students for Life of America, who was heralded as a young face of the anti-abortion movement, mourned what she referred to as the "innocent people who have been legally killed", and asked the crowd to look around and acknowledge that "one of every four of us is missing today because of abortion".

63 percent of Americans support a ban on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, while 33 percent oppose such a ban. "That's up a bit from past year", Walther said.

One such limitation now being considered by Congress is the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortion after 20 weeks based on research showing that fetuses have the capacity to feel pain at that stage of development.

The bill is not expected to pass in the Senate, since it will require at least 60 votes.

The march is part of a nationwide wave of marches and rallies held each year around the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision, which legalized abortion for all Americans almost forty-five years ago.

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President Donald Trump, who will address the pre-march rally via a satellite hookup from the White House Rose Garden, has said that if the Senate passes the bill, he would sign it into law. "Some of the actions he's taken have tracked very well and with where the American people are".

The Knights of Columbus official cited the so-called Mexico City policy that Trump reinstated a year ago to ban US aid to overseas abortion providers. The survey does not break out Catholic respondents.

In addition, 56 percent said they consider abortion "morally wrong", with 64 percent saying abortions targeting unborn babies with disabilities are wrong.

- 52 percent thought that an abortion "did not improve a woman's life in the long run".

According to nearly 80 percent of respondents, it is possible to have laws protecting both the health of the mother and the life of her unborn child.

The results have a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points for the December poll, and plus or minus 2.7 percentage points for the January poll.

Begun in 2008, the annual Marist Poll on abortion is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.

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