Third New Poll Finds 67% of Americans Oppose Tax-Funded Abortions in Health Care

The third poll in the last two weeks has found that Americans strongly oppose taxpayer funding of abortions in any health care reform legislation. The new poll, commissioned for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, finds a high percentage of Americans oppose abortion funding. The poll also asks a significant question not found in other polling data on abortion and health care — whether Americans oppose the use of private funds for abortions, which has been the defense from President Barack Obama and other abortion advocates of the abortion funding provisions. Conducted by International Communications Research from September 16-20, the telephone survey found widespread public opposition to including abortion in health care reform. The poll indicates 67 percent of those surveyed opposed requiring people to pay for abortion coverage through their taxes and 56 percent opposed making them do so through their insurance premiums.