Polling data show women are more pro-life than men, making abortion a man’s issue
If the pro-abortion agenda was a religion, one of its central tenets would be that support for abortion is a woman’s issue and opposing abortion is a male-dominated belief.
They often express it on bumper sticker slogans like, “Trust Women. Support Choice.”
It’s a political narrative liberals have used for 40 years to control public discussion of the issue and shut down arguments against legalized abortion.
But it’s a complete lie.
Year after year, in poll after poll, women consistently support bans on abortion in numbers greater than men.
And data does not lie.
Opposing a ban on abortion is a belief mostly held by men, and it’s one that does not trust women.
“The General Social Survey, which has been tracking American opinions for decades, includes the question of whether a woman should be allowed to get an abortion if she ‘wants it for any reason,’” genomics scholar Razib Khan wrote in 2015 for The New York Times.
“In 17 of the 23 years that this question has been asked, men have answered “yes” to a greater extent than women. The average difference was about 1.5 percentage points — a small but consistent gender gap, if not the one people seem to expect,” Khan notes.
It’s a trend consistently found across numerous polls.
A 2003 CBS News poll found that 20 percent of men felt abortion “should not be permitted” under any circumstances, compared to 24 percent of women.
CNN is no different. A 2012 CNN/ORC poll found that 14 percent of men felt abortion “should be illegal in all circumstances”, compared to 15 percent of women.
When asked about abortions in the case of rape or incest, 13 percent of men wanted it banned compared to 15 percent of women.
A 2016 Marist poll found 20 percent of men felt abortion should either be completely illegal, or only permitted to save the life of the mother. Among women, it grew to 25 percent.
When asked if abortion should either be completely illegal, or permitted only in cases of rape, incest, or danger to the life of the mother, both men and women supported the pro-life position evenly at 53 percent each.
The Marist poll also found that “strong support” for pro-life legal reforms, such as cutting off taxpayer funding and requiring clinics to meet surgical standards, was higher among women than men in every case.
61 percent of men opposed using taxpayer funds to pay for abortions, compared to 63 percent of women.
When asked if abortionists should be required to have admitting privileges at local hospitals, 33 percent of women “strongly supported” such legislations, as did 28 percent of men. Total support was 71 percent among both men and women.
While you don’t have to be male to oppose the pro-life movement, data shows that if someone does support abortion, it is likely a male.
Maybe it’s time for liberals to live up to their own slogans and “trust women” by opposing abortion.