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New Poll: Americans Oppose Abortion Coverage in “Universal Health Care Plans”

by Family Research Council

January 23, 2008

FRC Action, the legislative action arm of Family Research Council, has released the results of a commissioned national survey showing that a clear majority of voters would be less likely to support a candidate who proposes a national health care plan that includes universal abortion coverage. The scientific survey by Wilson Research Strategies asked the following question of 801 likely voters: If a candidate for the Presidency proposed a national health care plan with universal coverage of abortion at taxpayer expense, would you be more or less likely to vote for that candidate?

A clear majority of voters (56%) signaled that they would be less likely to vote for a presidential candidate proposing universal abortion coverage compared to (31%) who would be more likely to support such a candidate. Intensity runs strongest among those opposed to the idea, with 45% indicating they would be much less likely to vote in favor of a candidate whose plan forced taxpayers to pay for abortion, compared to 19% who would be much more likely to endorse such a candidate. Opposition to universal abortion coverage crossed nearly every demographic including sex, race, region, and age.

Some of the polls most interesting findings include the following:

  • Independent voters of all ages and sex would be less likely to vote for a candidate that proposed a national health care plan with universal coverage of abortion at taxpayer expense.
  • Although a majority of Democrats would support a candidate that proposed a national health care plan with universal coverage of abortion at taxpayer expense, the support is soft at best (51%).
  • Resistance to abortion coverage is consistent between both sexes and all ages. Women aged 55 or older are the most opposed to such coverage (59% are less likely to vote for a candidate endorsing it), men of all ages follow in opposition (57% less likely to vote for a candidate endorsing it), and the majority of (51%) of women aged 18-54 are less likely to support such a candidates.
  • Widespread disapproval of candidates who support taxpayer-funded abortion coverage spans all but one region of the United States New England.

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Blogs for Life Roundup

by Jared Bridges

January 22, 2008

Many thanks to all of the bloggers who were our guests today at FRC for the 2008 Blogs for Life conference. It was a great event, and FRC gives special thanks to all of our excellent speakers, and bloggers who made it a success.

Here’s a (unfinished) list of bloggers present:

I’m sure that I’m leaving many people out, so if you were here today, make note in the comments and I’ll highlight you.

We had some “technical difficulties” with the webcast initially (Murphy’s Law plays when most convenient), which were thankfully sorted out before the event’s conclusion. Our apologies to those who had problems.

If you missed the event, check back here later this week for archived footage.

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