Gallup: 53% Want More Restrictive Abortion Laws

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Gallup released a poll showing that most people want more restrictive abortion laws than currently are in place. Human Defense Initiative reported:

The poll shows many who are pro-abortion also hold it should be legal only in a few circumstances, which starkly contrasts the heavy push in the media and elsewhere for its mass legalization.

53% of Americans believe abortion should be illegal in all or most situations, while only 43% believe abortion should be legal in all or most situations. […]

Gallup then went into detail.

The result is that 43% of Americans say abortion should be legal in all (29%) or most (14%) circumstances, while a majority of 53% say it should be legal in only a few (35%) or no circumstances (18%). No fewer than 51% of Americans have favored more restrictive abortion laws since 1994, when Gallup first asked the follow-up probe of those saying abortion should be legal under certain circumstances.

Current US laws make abortion legal in all or most circumstances. We in the pro-life movement have managed to put restrictions on abortion but these don’t make any abortions illegal. We have managed to reduce abortions by requiring wait times, parental consent, required information provided, abortionist admitting privileges, etc. These make abortion less likely by informing or harder to do by restrictions.

Ending Late-Term Abortions

One point where We should be able to change the law regards late-term abortion. Most countries ban abortion late in pregnancy and most Americans support this. Trump noted that only 7 countries allow abortions after 20 weeks and the Washington Post fact-checked this as true.

There are 59 countries that allow abortion “without restriction as to reason,” or “elective,” or “abortion on demand.” […]

Only seven of the 59 countries allow elective abortions after 20 weeks, the group found: Canada, China, Netherlands, North Korea, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam. […]

Most of the countries had a 12-week gestational limit on abortions.

Now considering widespread support domestically and abroad, maybe we could push this.

The goal is to ensure no abortions happen, period. However, we need to accept progressive steps towards that goal. We must also realize that our goal is not primarily legislative but converting minds and hearts.


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