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Monday, July 25, 2016

Marist Poll, the People, and the Democrats

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 for cross-tabulations.

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.
Since 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."