AP, pollsters Stonewall over Bogus Abortion Poll

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Bonnie, Jan 19, 2005.

  1. Bonnie

    Bonnie Senior Member

    Jun 30, 2004
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    On the Eve of President Bush's innaguration, NARAL, a major "abortion rights" group, is condemning the president's "dangerous and divisive anti-choice agenda" and claiming that "a mojority of Americans supports a woman's right to choose" citing as proof the recent Associated Press/Ipsos poll showing a surprising 59 percent of Americans supporting Roe v. Wade.

    The only problem is, AP's poll results were obtained by giving survey respondents grossly inaccurate and misleading information about Roe v. Wade. Specifically, the poll, which was conducted Nov. 19-21, featured this statement: "The 1973 Supreme Court ruling called Roe v. Wade made abortion in the first three months of pregnancy legal." In reality, of course, Roe legalized abortion throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy by striking down all laws restricting abortion in all 50 states.

    Since most polls show that more Americans approve of earlier abortions than approve of later-term abortions, this misleading wording could be expected to skew the results of the survey, critics charge.

    In response to ctiticism, both AP and Ipsos claim another almost-identical poll was conducted, minus the controversial wording-simply stating that Roe v. Wade "made abortion legal"

    BUT the new poll was not publicized. In fact, ther eis almost no evidence that this poll actually exists, other than a brief mention toward the end of a general article by AP reporter Will Lester on the history of polling controversies.

    Several subsequent requests for the actual poll information Scanlon had promised went unanswered.

    Quinnipiac University recently conducted a poll parroting the AP's misleading wording. When contacted by WND, Doug Schwartz, poll director at Quinnipiac, said he was aware of the controversy and would "certainly consider it the next time wwe do a poll on this issue. "However, even with the errant wording that implied Roe permitted abortion only in the first three months, the Quinnipiac poll found that just 50% of registered voters nationwide want President Bush to nominate Supreme Court Justices who would uphold Roe v. Wade, as opposed to 59% according to AP's late November poll

    Meanwhile, inthe run-up to President Bush's Innaguration, NARAL Pro-choice America has been sending out e-mail alerts to it's members and supporters citing the unusually high "pro-choice" responses in the original, flawed AP poll as evidence that a "majority of Americans supports a woman's right to choose.*"


    Im not posting this to start a war of words, but to simply show that all is not what it seems on many of these issues, this one in particular, and to show how fervently Pro-Choice lobby groups will skew and use the media for it's agenda.
  2. CivilLiberty

    CivilLiberty Active Member

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    No, not nine months - "viability" is the doctrine handed down by the court.


    Finding a need to balance a woman's right to privacy with the state's interest in protecting potential life, the Supreme Court established a trimester framework for evaluating restrictions on abortion. The Court required the state to justify any interference with the abortion decision by showing that it had a "compelling interest" in doing so. Restrictions on abortions performed before fetal viability, that is the period before a fetus can live outside a woman's body, were limited to those that narrowly and precisely promoted real maternal health concerns. After the point of viability, the state was free to ban abortion or take other steps to promote its interest in protecting fetal life. However, the state's interest in the viable fetus must yield to the woman's right to have an abortion to protect her health and life.
    (emphasis mine)




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