With tens of thousands of pro-life Americans set to gather in Washington, D.C., for the annual March For Life Friday, an annual poll released this week shows precisely where Americans stand on abortion.
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According to Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly, the 2024 Knights of Columbus-Marist Poll results offer a “consistent consensus” showing citizens’ backing for legal restrictions on abortion.
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The survey found 66% of respondents back limitations on abortion, with the majority also supporting capping the procedure at three months of pregnancy. Just 29% of Americans indicated they believe abortion should be legally permissible at any point in a pregnancy, according to National Review.
Adding to these importing findings, Americans also overwhelmingly — 88% — believe it’s possible to have laws protecting both a woman and her unborn child. Overall, the percentage calling themselves pro-life is at 40%, up one percentage point from the previous year’s polling.
“This year’s poll makes clear that a consistent consensus of Americans supports legal restrictions on abortion, and an overwhelming majority support pregnancy resource centers, which assist mothers and their children in greatest need,” Kelly said in a statement. “I’m very proud that our Knights across the U.S. and Canada have raised more than $7 million to support these vital centers through our ASAP, or Aid and Support After Pregnancy program.”
As CBN News has reported, pro-life pregnancy centers have come under assault — both rhetorically and physically — since 2022, the year the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court case that legalized abortion across the country.
The high court’s Dobbs decision sent abortion back to the states, igniting newfound debates around the issue and shifting legislative efforts among both pro-life and pro-choice cohorts.
The poll results, released every January, were based on interviews with 1,371 U.S. adults, conducted from Jan. 8-Jan. 9, 2024, via phone and online responses.
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