New poll: More Americans Support Mandatory Waiting Periods Before Abortion

New poll: More Americans support mandatory waiting periods before abortion


WASHINGTON, D.C., January 7, 2014 ( – A new poll shows an increasing number of Americans support laws requiring a mandatory waiting period before a woman can have an abortion.

According to the Republican-leaning pollster Rasmussen, 49 percent of Americans support waiting periods for women to have abortions. Thirty-nine percent oppose a waiting period, and 11 percent are uncertain. Support for a waiting period is up by six percent since October 2013, when opposition and support were tied at 43 percent

Pro-life leaders praised the results of the poll.

“Protecting the lives and health of mothers and their unborn children from abortion industry abuses is a national trend as state office holders roll back the deadly impact of Roe v. Wade,” Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest told “Support for waiting periods is a common-sense approach to a life-changing procedure that cannot be reversed and should not be pushed on vulnerable women.”

Susan B. Anthony List spokeswoman Mallory Quigley told that “an increasing number of Americans support common ground measures” such as mandated waiting periods. Mallory said such laws ensure “women have ample time to weigh all the facts before [getting an] abortion.”

In 2013, 27 states required a waiting period, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Only two states, South Dakota and Utah, require a waiting period of 72 hours. All of the rest have shorter time periods, though many require in-person counseling before having the abortion – something South Dakota does not mandate.

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