A new poll shows that millennials increasingly oppose abortion, though many millennials hold liberal views on social issues.
The poll, conducted by the Institute for Pro-Life Advancement, surveyed 803 millennials in February and found that 53 percent of respondents believe abortion should be illegal in all or most circumstances. Additionally, 17 percent of millennials said that abortion should never be legal, and 36 percent said that abortion should only be allowed in extreme situations such as rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is at risk.
Only 17 percent of respondents agreed with Hillary Clinton and Planned Parenthood’s abortion stance, who believe that abortion should be legal at any point throughout a pregnancy.
However, despite the increasing amount of millennial opposition to abortion, only 36 percent of millennials self-identify as “pro-life;” 48 percent of millennials said they were more likely to identify as “pro-choice.”
The Institute for Pro-Life Advancement is an initiative of Students for Life. Kristan Hawkins, the president of Students for Life, explained the gap between millennial views and their reluctance to adopt a “pro-life” label.
“Over the past 10 years, the image of the pro-life movement has trended younger and more mainstream, but the ‘pro-life’ brand still carries an image which many people don’t want to associate themselves, despite their views on abortion,” Hawkins said in a Washington Times article. “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.”
Millennial support for Planned Parenthood has been decreasing. Forty-seven percent of those surveyed said Planned Parenthood should still receive at least some funding, and 36 percent said funding to the organization should be curtailed. However, a Quinnipiac University poll found 66 percent of young people supported taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood last year, so support for the nationwide abortion provider is declining.
For “pro-life” organizations, the biggest battle they face is convincing millennials to embrace the “pro-life” brand that they seem to align with based on their views on abortion.