Poll: 79 Percent of Americans Support Restrictions on Abortion

By Thomas Cloud | January 24, 2012 | 10:55am EST

Thousands of pro-life activists braved the rain and cold to attend the 39th March for Life on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012. The event marks the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States and has resulted in the deaths of more than 50 million unborn children. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) – According to a new poll, 79 percent of Americans would not allow abortion after the first three months of pregnancy, and 51 percent would allow it – if at all – only in the cases of incest, rape, or to save the life of the mother.       

The survey, a Knights of Columbus/Marist Poll, was conducted in late December, and 1,053 adults were surveyed by telephone.

“Almost four decades after the Supreme Court’s decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, which resulted in the almost totally unrestricted abortion regime of today, these decisions continue to be out of step with the vast majority of Americans,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said in a statement on the Knights of Columbus Web site.

Doe v. Bolton was the 1973 Supreme Court case that overturned a Georgia law restricting abortion to cases where rape, serious birth defects or the health and life of the mother were seriously endangered by the pregnancy.

Sunday marked the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. On Monday, the 39th annual “March for Life,” protesting that court decision and remembering the more than 50 million American babies killed by abortion since 1973, was held in Washington, D.C.

The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

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