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March for Life Represents Most Americans’ Positions on Abortion, Survey Shows

Friday, January 19, marks the 45th annual March for Life, and tens if not hundreds of thousands of people are marching to the Supreme Court to demand the United States protects life from conception. According to a new poll, those protesters represent a majority of Americans who support increased restrictions on abortion.

Even though more Americans describe themselves as "pro-choice" (51 percent) than "pro-life" (44 percent), a vast majority of Americans support significant restrictions on abortion, according to a Marist/Knights of Columbus (KOC) poll published Wednesday.

The poll asked at what time abortion should be legal, and most Americans said the practice should only be legal in certain circumstances.

More than three-quarters (76 percent) of Americans said abortion should only be legal within the first three months of pregnancy; or only in cases of rape, incest, or a threat to the life of the mother; or only to save the mother's life; or never at all. Even 60 percent of "pro-choice" Americans agreed with these restrictions, as did 61 percent of Democrats.

Naturally, pro-life Americans strongly agreed with limiting abortion to these cases, with a whopping 95 percent saying abortion should only be legal under such circumstances. Nearly half (46 percent) of pro-life Americans said abortion should only be legal in cases of rape, incest, or in cases where the mother's life is in danger. Almost a quarter (23 percent) of them said it should only be allowed when the mother's life is threatened.

Republicans (92 percent) also agreed with these restrictions, as did 78 percent of independents.

The idea that abortion should be legal at any time during pregnancy is unpopular, with only 12 percent of Americans supporting it. Even most "pro-choice" Americans (79 percent) disagree with this position, as do most Democrats (79 percent).

Even a 20-week abortion ban — which pro-abortion activists have protested by dressing up like handmaids from "The Handmaid's Tale" — receives wide support among Americans. Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) said they support such a ban. Even most Democrats (56 percent) and "pro-choice" Americans (56 percent) support a ban on abortion after 20 weeks.

A full 60 percent of Americans also said they oppose using tax dollars to pay for a woman's abortion.

The survey also revealed fascinating truths about Americans' views about abortion and morality. More than half of Americans (56 percent) described abortion as morally wrong, even if they believe it should be legal.

A full 64 percent of Americans said that choosing to abort a child because he or she has been diagnosed with a genetic disorder such as Down Syndrome is morally wrong, even if they think it should be legal. Nearly half (49 percent) of "pro-choice" Americans also condemned such an act as morally wrong.