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4/8/2019 10:11:00 AM
Anti-Abortion Group Holds Rallies In Gaston County
Photos Courtesy Bill Ward Photography, Stanley, NC
Photos Courtesy Bill Ward Photography, Stanley, NC

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Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

It's no surprise to anyone that a majority of North Carolinians appear to identify themselves as 'pro-life.' Civitas, the conservative policy group founded by Art Pope in 2005, recently released results of a poll on the abortion issue and on another issue much discussed recently, the Electoral College, the last week of March.

According to Civitas, 50% of respondents in the poll identified themselves as 'pro-life.'

Harper Polling, which conducted the poll for Civitas, surveyed 500 North Carolina voters between March 14th-17th in a mix of landline and cell phone interviews. The margin of error, they said, is plus or minus 4.38 percent.

When asked whether they consider themselves pro-life or pro-choice, slightly more voters said pro-life. Fifty percent of respondents said they were pro-life, compared to 40 percent who identified as pro-choice. The remaining 10 percent were unsure.

Civitas president Donald Bryson said the responses fell along party lines, with Republicans and unaffiliated voters more likely to describe themselves as pro-life and Democrats more like to identify as pro-choice.

Bryson added that 24 percent of the respondents said that abortion should be permitted only in cases of rape, incest, or if the mother’s life is in danger. Nearly 20 percent said abortion should only be allowed only in cases in which the mother’s life was at risk. Eleven percent said women should be allowed to get an abortion at any point during her pregnancy.

But Bryson admitted that the definitions of pro-life and pro-choice are often fuzzy. He said some people who identified as pro-life also said abortions should be allowed during certain trimesters of a pregnancy. Similarly, some people who identified as pro-choice said abortions should only be allowed in cases of rape, incest, or where the mother’s life was in danger.

Several pro-life demonstrations were held across Gaston County on Sunday (April 7th) in Gastonia, Belmont, Mount Holly and Stanley. Life Chain of Gaston County has held similar rallies in early October every year since 1993.

Some said the extra event was in response to recent decisions regarding abortion in other states. New York passed a new law in January that preserves access to abortions and removed the procedure from the state’s criminal code. The new law allows abortions to be performed after 24 weeks if the fetus is not viable (likely to be born dead) or when necessary to protect the life of the mother.

Others said the event was a matter of 'gearing up' for the 2020 elections. Many Republicans have accused all Democrats of being 'murderers' for their support of abortion rights for women.

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