A recent poll conducted by the Barna Group for Students for Life of America contains encouraging findings regarding young Americans’ attitudes toward abortion.
The poll indicates that 53% of millennials—defined, for purposes of this poll, as persons born between 1982 and 2004—believe that abortion should be illegal in most or all circumstances. Specifically, the poll shows that 17% of millennials believe that abortion should never be legal, while 36% believe that abortion should be legal only “in extreme cases (e.g. rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is at risk).”
Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America, made the following comments: “‘Planned Parenthood would have the nation believe that young women are fighting with them on their extreme abortion agenda but that’s not the case… Planned Parenthood only has 275 campus groups and Students for Life has 1,043. Additionally, we have found that only 17% of millennials [believe that abortion] should be legal at any time for any reason.’”
However, the poll also demonstrates some cause for concern on the part of pro-lifers. Only 36% of millennials consider themselves pro-life. This means that 17% of millennials hold pro-life views, but do not identify with our movement.
“The polling and subsequent white papers on the data is an initiative of Students for Life’s newly-launched Institute for Pro-Life Advancement which is committed to researching the best ways to communicate…philosophically and scientifically-sound opposition to abortion and win this generation for the pro-life movement.”