Pro-life advocates were given a sort of surprise two weeks ago after a major worldwide survey claimed that majorities in 17 out of the 18 countries polled “reject using criminal penalties, such as fines and imprisonment, as a means to prevent abortion.”
While pro-choice advocates have used the survey’s results to strengthen their cause in legalizing abortion worldwide, the American Life League dismissed the survey’s results as inaccurate and unreliable.
“As excited as abortion advocates may be to see a poll seemingly validating their attitudes, this WorldPublicOpinion.org poll isn't the golden ticket they're looking for,” the group said in a statement.
The ALL said that the poll, which asked respondents their opinions on criminal enforcement of abortions and government roles in discouraging them, fails to bring legitimate results.
“The two poll questions are somewhat loaded and fail to address the core issue of abortion, and thus can't be viewed as evenhanded,” the group said.
“Read the fine print, and you'll see that many of the individual nation samples were overly urban, due to the use of face-to-face polling,” the group added. “In other nations, landline telephones were used to gather information. Mexico's numbers were gathered by using random telephone sampling, despite only 55 percent of Mexican households having a telephone, meaning that lower and rural classes were less likely to be sampled.”
The ALL, like many other pro-life groups, continue to assert that abortion remains unpopular and harmful to people worldwide.
According to a 2006 release of The Western Catholic Reporter, 46 million babies are aborted worldwide every year.