Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Encouraging Survey

LifeSiteNews released the results of a nation-wide survey commissioned by Catholic bishops. The results are encouraging.

The survey of 2,341 adults, conducted online December 10-12, also found that laws limiting or regulating abortion enjoyed support as high as 95 percent among those expressing support or opposition to the six kinds of laws examined in the survey:

- 95 percent favor laws ensuring that abortions be performed only by licensed physicians

- 88 percent favor informed consent laws (i.e., that require abortion providers to inform women of potential risks to their physical and psychological health and about alternatives to abortion)

- 76 percent favor laws that protect doctors and nurses from being forced to perform or refer for abortions against their will

- 73 percent favor laws that require giving parents the chance to be involved in their minor daughter's abortion decision

- 68 percent favor laws against partial-birth abortion (i.e., aborting a child already partially delivered from the mother), and

- 63 percent favor laws preventing the use of taxpayer funds for abortions.

"Support for these measures cuts across 'pro-life' and 'pro-choice' positions. Over a third (35 percent) of the small minority who said abortion should be legal for any reason throughout pregnancy nevertheless supported three or more of the six laws presented," McQuade said.

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