Most Americans back federal abortion funding ban

The Hyde Amendment is a federal law, first passed in 1976, which prohibits the use of federal funding for abortions, except in the case of incest, rape and medical necessity. Across most of the United States there is no public funding for elective abortions whatsoever, and only Washington, Maryland and New York have passed laws to provide state funds for elective abortion. For decades this compromise has been fairly uncontroversial, but for the first time in 2016 the Democratic Party platform calls for federal funding of elective abortions.

YouGov’s latest research shows that most Americans (55%) support the federal law which prohibits taxpayers’ money from going to fund abortions. Even Democrats, who largely support personal abortion rights, are divided on the issue. 44% of Democrats oppose the ban on federal funding of abortion, but 41% support it. Most independents (56%) and a large majority of Republicans (73%) also support the ban.