Polls Show Shift Toward Pro-Life Side

U.S. Bishops' Aide Cites Harris Survey

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WASHINGTON, D.C., MAY 8, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Polls show that support for a key court decision that allowed abortion in the United States is waning, says an agency of the U.S. bishops' conference.



"This is a real sign of hope for both women and their unborn children," stated Deirdre McQuade, spokeswoman at the bishops' Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, in a Web posting Friday.

A May 4 Harris poll -- which misleadingly asked about support for Roe v. Wade as if that decision made abortion legal during only the first three months of pregnancy -- found that support has dropped below 50% for the first time in 30 years, the bishops' Web site reported.

It also showed that 44% of Americans said they would support a law in their own state such as South Dakota's, banning all abortions except to save the mother's life.

"An April 2006 survey by the Polling Company, Inc./WomanTrend found that 54% support limiting legal abortion to the extreme circumstances of rape, incest, and to save the life of the mother," McQuade said.

"An additional 21% would limit abortion to only the first trimester -- a far cry from the abortion license established by Roe v. Wade, which allows abortion for virtually any reason throughout the nine months of pregnancy," the spokeswoman stated.

In March, a Zogby poll found majority support for abortion regulations such as informed consent laws for women and parental notification laws, with 69% favoring such measures for girls under 17 years old.