Majority of Americans Don't Support Abortion, Pro-Family Group Says

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:05 PM EDT

(1st Add: Includes Zogby poll findings and reaction from the National Right to Life Committee.)

( - On the eve of this weekend's pro-abortion "March For Women's Lives" rally set for the nation's capital, a new poll released Friday shows the majority of Americans reject the pro-abortion agenda.

According to a poll conducted by Zogby International and released Friday by the National Right to Life Committee, 56 percent of respondents agreed with one of the following views: that abortion should never be legal (18 percent), legal only when the life of the mother is in danger (15 percent) or legal only when the life of the mother is in danger or in cases of rape or incest (23 percent).

Only 42 percent of those surveyed agree with one of the following statements about legal abortion: legal for any reason in the first 3 months (25 percent), legal for any reason during the first 6 months (4 percent) or legal for any reason at any time during the woman's pregnancy (13 percent).

"NARAL, Planned Parenthood and their comrades like to think they represent a majority of Americans," said Carol Tobias, political director for the National Right to Life Committee. "However, the latest poll shows that their extreme position of abortion on demand throughout pregnancy is supported by only 13 percent of the public.

"President Bush and his administration have admirably supported the views of the majority of Americans by working to change our culture to a culture of life," she added. "This administration is making positive changes that will benefit both women and their children."

"The pro-abortion activists marching in Washington this weekend do not represent the majority of women in America," said Genevieve Wood, vice president for communications for the Family Research Council.

"Rather, with the passing of each year the views espoused by groups like Planned Parenthood and NARAL become more and more extreme, while the nation becomes more and more pro-life," she said.

Wood said several pieces of pro-life legislation that were passed or introduced by Congress over the past several years have had the support of between 70 and 90 percent of Americans, "but these pro-abortion groups have opposed them all."

According to Wood, Americans want partial-birth abortion banned, but Planned Parenthood (one of the rally's sponsors) is fighting to keep it legal. Likewise, Americans wanted the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, but NARAL opposed it, Wood said.

And now Americans want laws passed that would require parental consent for a minor to get an abortion, but pro-abortion groups are fighting to stop it, she said.

"The pro-life bills that FRC has fought for over the past few years were not only supported by pro-lifers, or by religious Americans, as the other side contends. Rather, regardless of whether they are pro-life or pro-abortion, Americans have been nearly unanimous on issues like partial-birth abortion," Wood said.

"This speaks volumes about who the extremists in this debate truly are. The organizations claiming to represent the interests of all women, on these issues, have the support of a diminishing minority of women," she concluded.

A total of 1,209 individuals were surveyed by Zogby, and the poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percent.

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