Pro-life advocate Joe San Pietro participates in a 40 Days for Life vigil near the entrance to a Planned Parenthood center in Smithtown, March 26, 2019. 40 Days for Life is a worldwide nondenominational campaign that seeks to end abortion through prayer, fasting and peaceful activism. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)
NEW HAVEN — In the wake of a new law that allows abortion at any time during pregnancy, a new survey conducted by the Marist Poll finds that the overwhelming majority of New York State residents oppose late-term abortion. In fact, a majority of New Yorkers would limit abortion to – at most – the first three months of pregnancy.
The majority opposition to late-term abortion, and support for abortion restrictions was strong even though most New Yorkers identify as pro-choice (62 percent to 34 percent pro-life).
“New Yorkers simply do not support laws that allow late-term abortions,” said Carl Anderson, CEO of the Knights of Columbus, the organization that sponsored the survey. “It is now clear that these radical policies are being pursued despite opposition by the majority of New Yorkers, and by a majority of those who identify as Democrats, Republicans and independents.”
This includes 71 percent who would ban abortion after 20 weeks and four percent who would ban the procedure altogether. This includes about seven in 10 Democrats (69 percent), about three quarters of independents (73 percent), and almost nine in 10 Republicans (89 percent).
The numbers are in line with the national survey results, which found in February that Americans opposed abortion after 20 weeks by 71 percent to 18 percent.
About two-thirds of New Yorkers also say abortion should be “generally illegal” in the last trimester of pregnancy (63 percent), while about half as many (32 percent) think it should be “generally legal.” This includes a majority of New York Democrats (53 percent), about two thirds of independents (65 percent) and more than eight in 10 Republicans (84 percent).
Nationally, Americans say third trimester abortion should be “generally illegal” by a 71 percent to 25 percent margin.
When given a wide range of choices to describe their position on abortion, two-thirds of New Yorkers (66 percent) said they would limit abortion to – at most – the first trimester of pregnancy. Only two in ten would allow it in the last trimester (21 percent). That number includes a majority of Democrats (54 percent), about two-thirds of independents (65 percent), and almost nine in 10 Republicans (88 percent).
Nationally, eight in 10 Americans would similarly limit abortion to – at most – the first three months of pregnancy.