A new survey by the Knights of Columbus-Marist Poll shows that a strong majority of Americans support conscience protection for medical professionals.
As Congress considers the Conscience Protection Act, by nearly 20
points (56 percent to 37 percent), Americans say that medical
professionals and organizations should be able to opt out of abortion
procedures and coverage. Among registered voters, the results are 57
percent to 36 percent.
“Consistent with our First Amendment guarantees, the American people
believe that no person or organization should be compelled to help
perform or cover abortion,” said Knights of Columbus CEO Carl Anderson.
“It is important that our elected officials continue to protect these
important rights, and no American ever be forced to be involved in
abortion against their conscience or religious beliefs.”
The survey of 1,009 adults was conducted July 5-12, 2016, by the
Marist Institute for Public Opinion and sponsored by the Knights of
Columbus. Adults 18 years of age and older residing in the continental
United States were interviewed on either landline or mobile phones in
English using live interviewers. Results for adults are statistically
significant within ±3.1 percentage points. The error margin increases
Meanwhile....the Democrats put the following plan in their platform:
“We will continue to oppose — and seek to overturn — federal and
state laws and policies that impede a woman’s access to abortion,
including by repealing the Hyde Amendment,” the platform draft says.
the 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade creating a constitutional right to
abortion, the Hyde Amendment has enjoyed broad bipartisan support, as it
is attached to annual federal spending bills."