59% of Americans are in favor of late-term abortion if the child may suffer from the Zika virus.
A STAT-Harvard poll released earlier this month, 6 in 10 responded feeling women should have the right to end a pregnancy (after 24 weeks) if testing shows the likelihood the fetus has a an abnormally small head, a birth defect of microcephaly.
The STAT-Harvard Poll’s introduction, says “The current Zika virus outbreak is occurring in a presidential and congressional election year. Given the important role that infectious disease has played in past elections –such as Ebola in 2014 this new poll of adults in the U.S. by STAT and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health examines key issues related to the Zika virus outbreak and the 2016 elections, including:
-Public views of who is to blame for congressional inaction to fund Zika virus response efforts
-Public support for an exception to late-term abortion restrictions when pregnancies are affected by Zika virus
-Public perceptions of which presidential candidate will do a better job handling the Zika virus outbreak
-The poll also monitors public concern about the spread of Zika virus, though we note that the poll was conducted prior to the report of cases in Florida likely caused by local mosquitos.
The survey question addressing Zika asks “If the Zika virus outbreak drives the late-term abortion issue in the elections, will the public support an exception to existing restrictions?” The response determined less than a quarter of people (23%) believe women should have access to a legal abortion after 24 weeks except in the case of the health or life of the mother, but the public feels differently when it comes to circumstances involving Zika virus. A majority of Americans (59%) believe a woman should have access to a legal abortion after 24 weeks if she has been infected with Zika virus and has been told by a health professional that there is a serious possibility the baby would be born with microcephaly.”
To view the poll in its entirety click the link below.