6 out of 10 of Americans Oppose Public Funding of Abortion

by James Tillman

WASHINGTON, DC, November 19, 2009 ( - Six out of ten Americans oppose the public funding of abortion, according to a new poll by CNN.

The news comes as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has released the 2074-page Senate version of the health care reform bill, H.R. 3590, which would permit government funding of abortion.

Nevertheless, a mere 37% of respondents said that they were in favor "of using public funds for abortions when the woman cannot afford it."  Only 26% of respondents said that abortion ought to be legal at any time.

Similarly, aproximately 63% of respondents said that abortion ought never to be legal, or legal in only a few circumstances.  36% of respondents said that it ought to be legal in all or most circumstances.

In the same poll 51% of respondents said that they would even oppose the use of private insurance money to pay for abortions and that abortions ought be payed for out-of-pocket.

The CNN Opinion Research Corporation poll is the result of interviews with 1014 adult Americans, including 928 registered voters.  The estimated sampling error is plus or minus aproximately 3% for both groups.

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