Every year during the lead-up to the March for Life, Marist publishes results from a nationwide poll gauging American attitudes on abortion and the right to life.
This year’s numbers are out, and the survey is devastating for the left-wing pro-abortion narrative:
- More Americans are calling themselves pro-choice (51 percent) than pro-life (44 percent), but going deeper shows that it’s not that simple.
- 76 percent of Americans favor new restrictions on abortions, such as limiting them to the first three months of a pregnancy. This is significant because the U.S is just one of seven countries that allow elective abortions after five months of pregnancy.
- 60 percent of Americans oppose using taxpayer money to pay for abortion. That includes 56 percent of independents and 43 percent of Democrats.
- 54 percent of Americans oppose forcing people to violate their pro-life beliefs when it comes to providing medical services or insurance. That is, however, a drop from last year, when 60 percent of those surveyed were opposed.
- At least 70 percent of Americans take a candidate’s abortion stance into consideration before voting, and a plurality of Americans say it’s a major factor.
- Americans are pretty evenly torn on when life begins. 46 percent consider it biological fact that life begins at conception, while 45 percent consider it a religious or philosophical belief.
- As in previous years, there’s no significant gender gap among respondents, a point noted by Townhall's Guy Benson. This should shatter the fossilized talking point that attitudes on abortion are completely dependent on a person’s gender.
And yet, despite numbers like these, GOP leadership can’t figure how to keep its pro-life promises to defund Planned Parenthood and pass Micah’s Law to stop abortions after the fifth month of pregnancy.