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May 21 Americans United for Life Memo Urges Senators to Consider New Abortion Polling Data Showing Majorities of all Parties Oppose Judicial Activism, Support Abortion Regulations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MAY 21, 2009

Americans United for Life Memo Urges Senators to Consider New Abortion Polling Data Showing Majorities of all Parties Oppose Judicial Activism, Support Abortion Regulations

Washington, DC — Americans United for Life (AUL) today sent a letter to all U.S. Senate members urging them to consider new abortion polling data when they evaluate the President’s Supreme Court nominee.

The data reveal that Democrats, Republicans, and Independents agree by overwhelming majorities that they want Supreme Court Justices who disavow politics and who will uphold the Constitution and the rule of law as written, including on issues involving abortion.

Specifically, respondents agreed on upholding common-sense abortion regulations already in place, and in objecting to late-term abortions and taxpayer-funded abortions.  This consensus was held even among Americans who self-describe as “pro-choice.”

In the letter, included in full below, AUL President & CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest states:

Senators, we urge you to take these clear findings into consideration before you vote on the President’s nominee and recognize that the majority of your constituents — regardless of political party — fervently oppose any type of judicial activism that would rescind common sense laws on abortion and its regulations.

The poll was conducted on behalf of AUL by The Polling Company, Inc. on May 17-18.  The findings are available at:

http://www.aul.org/xm_client/client_documents/AUL_Survey_of_American_Adults_Topline_Results_Release.pdf

Agreed that “When considering a new Justice for the United States Supreme Court, I would prefer that my United States Senators look for a man or woman who will interpret the law as it is written and not take into account his or her personal viewpoints and experiences.”  (Agreement: 92% of Republicans, 86% of Independents, 84% of Democrats, 91% of conservatives, 85% of moderates, 80% of liberals.

Opposed a nominee who “Supports late-term abortions, which are abortions in the 7th, 8th, or 9th months of pregnancy, and are also known as ‘Partial-Birth Abortions.'”  (Opposition: 89% of Republicans, 78% of Independents, 77% of Democrats, 89% of conservatives, 80% of moderates, and 67% of liberals)