An article shared by the Wisconsin Right to Life is an example of how the pro-life movement can take data regarding abortion and spins it to suit its own agenda.
CBS recently conducted a poll about what’s on the minds of young women as mid-term elections approach. Abortion is a big political topic so naturally questions about abortion were included on the survey. Life News posted an article about the poll titled “CBS Poll Reveals Millennial Women Reject Abortion, Feminism, and the Media”.
The title suggests women in the 18-35 age range are against abortion, but the data presented by the article and the poll claim otherwise.
Both the poll and article state, 69%—over 2/3 of the women surveyed—don’t want to see Roe v. Wade overturned. When asked about concerns over abortion restrictions, 44% of the women were concerned abortion would become more restrictive than it is now. Only 31% wanted to see Roe v. Wade overturned and 24% were concerned abortion would become less restrictive than it is now. 32% were unconcerned about abortion becoming more or less restrictive.
Where is Life News getting the idea that women are rejecting abortion when the data clearly shows a majority of women oppose Roe v Wade being overturned and are worried about abortion access becoming more restrictive? The poll results regarding women’s specific position on abortion.
The poll asks “Which comes closest to your position on abortion? Do you think abortion should be: legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases, or illegal in all cases?”
28% of women believed abortion should be legal in all cases.
34% of women believed abortion should be legal in most cases.
25% of women believed abortion should be illegal in most cases.
13% of women believed abortion should be illegal in all cases.
Life News took this data and tried to spin it as women rejecting abortion. “In the end, that means 72% are likely in favor of some kind of abortion restriction”. This statement isn’t wrong by itself, but a far stretch at best and completely wrong at worst when put in the context that women in general are rejecting abortion—62% of the surveyed women believe abortion should be legal in most or all cases whereas only 38% of women believed it should be illegal in most or all cases. This is in addition to 69% of women not wanting Roe v Wade overturned. Additionally, 25% believe abortion should be illegal in most cases, which means they make some sort of exception for abortion.
If one were to spin things like Life News did, one could say 87% of the women surveyed support abortion being legal regardless of whether in very specific cases, unrestricted, or everything in between. But let’s stick to the facts: out of the women surveyed, 62%think abortion should be legal, with or without some restrictions, and 69% don’t want to overturn the court ruling that makes abortion legal. Women aren’t rejecting abortion as Life News claims when a majority are supportive of keeping it legal in at least most cases.
It’s truly amazing how the pro-life movement can claim millennial women as a whole are rejecting abortion from data that clearly shows a majority of women being supportive of abortion (with or without some restrictions), having concerns about restricting access to abortion, and not wanting Roe v Wade overturned.