NARAL Positions “Significantly Out of the Mainstream”

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Even Pro-Choice New Yorkers Shun Extremist Positions


New York-Feb. 14...The National Abortion Rights Action League — now known as NARAL Pro Choice America — holds positions that are significantly out of the mainstream, even for self identifying “pro-choice” New Yorkers according to a poll released this week by the non-partisan Chiaroscuro Foundation, a not-for-profit organization trying to reduce the number of abortions occurring in New York State every year.
The new statewide survey shows that the opinions of New Yorkers on the abortion issue are deeply nuanced, with 74% of pro-choice New Yorkers and 77% of New York women overall favoring a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion procedure can be carried out.  More than seven in 10 (71%) pro-choice New Yorkers — and 75% of women — favor parental notification before a minor (under 18) can have an abortion, and 70% of pro-choice New Yorkers do not support unrestricted late-term abortions.
On the issue of allowing non-doctors to perform surgical abortions in New York — which Governor Cuomo’s Reproductive Health Act bill would permit for the first time — 79% of women disagree with the Governor. Seventy four percent (74%) of “strongly pro-choice” voters think this policy in the Governor’s abortion expansion proposal is wrong.
“We live in a world of 3D sonograms today, and opinions on abortion are evolving rapidly in light of scientific evidence on early human development,”said Chiaroscuro Foundation President Greg Pfundstein. “Today, we can watch prenatal children laugh and smile in the womb far earlier than many ever imagined. Yet NARAL and other pro-abortion groups continue to promote extreme abortion positions from another era.”
“New York is the abortion capital of America and New Yorkers want sensible restrictions to help lower the abortion ratio here — not legislation to promote even more abortions,” Chiaroscuro spokeswoman Meg McDonnell continued. “Groups like NARAL do not represent the majority of opinion in New York State.  In fact, with every year, they are becoming more and more reactionary in their messaging.”
In a 2011 survey, the Chiaroscuro Foundation reported that Sixty-four percent (64%) of New York City residents – including 57% of pro-choice women – believed too many abortions were occurring in the city every year.  Seventy four percent (74%) believed that the overall 60% abortion rate in the African American community is too high.
Full top-lines and crosstabs from the most recent survey-including response percentages for those who identify as “prochoice” and “pro-life”-can be found at This survey of 600 likely general election voters in New York State was conducted on January 27th through January 31st, 2013.  420 interviews were conducted via telephone by professional interviewers. 180 interviews were conducted via internet to capture voters who identified themselves as cell-phone only users.  Interview selection was random within predetermined election units.  These units were structured to correlate with actual voter turnout in a statewide general election. The survey of 600 likely general election voters has an accuracy of ±4.0% at a 95% confidence interval.


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