I just received a copy of LifeCanada’s latest press release. They commissioned another opinion poll on abortion. While I can’t link back to the press release or the data as the documents don’t appear to be online yet, here are some interesting portions of the release:
A majority of young Canadians say abortions should not be legal after 12 weeks gestation according to an Environics poll conducted last month. Almost 80% of 18-29 year-olds polled opposed legal third trimester abortions and 55% opposed second trimester abortions. Among women, two-thirds opposed third trimester abortions and 49% opposed second trimester abortions. At present there are no legal restrictions in Canada at any stage of pregnancy.
The questions were commissioned by LifeCanada, the national educational pro-life organization, as part of Environics’ National Omnibus Survey which polled 2,021 Canadians between Jan. 24 and Feb. 5, 2013.
Among all Canadians, 65% thought third trimester abortions should be illegal and 46% thought second trimester abortions should be illegal. 71% of all Canadians thought abortions should be legal in the first trimester.
Participants were also given information about fetal development and then asked at what stage the law should protect human life. Sixty percent said there should be legal protection before birth; 23% said from conception on; 13% thought after two months gestation; 14% after three months’; and 10% from six months’ on. In total, 50% thought the law should protect human life at the end of the first trimester.
The people at LifeCanada are fantastic and I really appreciate a number of their projects, including their AdoptioninCanada website, their journal and, of course, their annual abortion surveys. I’ll add the links when I receive them.by