By Jon Dougherty
As Democrats in states like New York, Maryland, and Virginia enact or push for expanding abortion rights nearly to the point of infanticide, American attitudes toward the procedure are shifting dramatically, according to a new survey.
After blue state Democrats proposed or passed bills allowing a woman to have an abortion late in the third term this year, “a dramatic shift” has occurred in Americans’ attitudes toward abortion policy, said Barbara Carvalho, director of the latest Marist poll that was commissioned by the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic group.
The survey found that Americans are just as likely to identify as pro-life as they are pro-choice, at 47 percent each. Just last month, a similar Marist survey found that most Americans were likely to identify as pro-choice (55 percent) as pro-life (38 percent — a 17-point gap), Axios reported.
“The survey also found that 80 percent of Americans support abortion being limited to the first three months of pregnancy, an increase of 5 percentage points since last month’s Marist poll,” the news site noted.
Marist has been gauging American attitudes regarding abortion for more than 10 years. Carvalho told Axios that the current survey marked the first time since 2009 that as many Americans or more identified as pro-life than as pro-choice.
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What the pollster found most significant, however, is that Democrat respondents drive the huge shift in numbers and, in particular, those under the age of 45. The poll this month found that 34 percent of Democratic respondents now identify as pro-life versus 64 percent pro-choice. Last month, the numbers were 20 percent and 75 percent respectively.
Clearly, far-Left Democrats in blue states have pushed way past the limit most Americans believe is acceptable policy when it comes to abortion.
Among all Americans 45 years or under, 47 say they are pro-life while 48 percent are pro-choice. But last month, those numbers were massively different: 28 percent to 65 percent, respectively.
“This has been a measure that has been so stable over time. To see that kind of change was surprising,” Carvalho told Axios. “And the increased discussion [of late-term abortion] in the public forum in the past month appears to have made the biggest difference in how people identify on the issue.”
The survey results come as Republicans have been keying on the issue since the State of The Union when the POTUS Trump harnessed the outrage over Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s comments about keeping newborn babies “comfortable” before the mother and her doctor decided to end its life as well as a New York law that now allows for abortions up to the moment of birth.
The GOP is pushing for a ban on late-term abortions.
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