In Wake of AP Poll, Pro-Life Advocates Discuss How to Communicate the Humanity of the Unborn From Conception| National Catholic Register

As the Supreme Court prepares to consider a law out of Mississippi that would ban abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, an Associated Press poll found that a majority, 65% percent, of Americans believe abortion should be illegal in the second trimester, past 12 weeks, in all or most cases.  In the wake of the poll’s findings, pro-life advocates and former abortion business workers told the Register their observations of abortion in the first and second trimesters, and how they thought the pro-life movement could build on the opposition to abortion after 12 weeks in order to change the way Americans viewed abortion earlier in pregnancy. This belief that abortion should be restricted to the first trimester of pregnancy has been prevalent for decades. Gallup polling dating back to 1996 has consistently found that while roughly two-thirds of Americans support abortion in the first trimester, that number drops to around 25% in the second trimester and just 12% in the third trimester. The vast majority of abortions, 92%, take place in the first trimester of pregnancy while around 6% take place in the second trimester and fewer than 1% occur past 21 weeks. 

In Wake of AP Poll, Pro-Life Advocates Discuss How to Communicate the Humanity of the Unborn From Conception| National Catholic Register

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